The 2016 Judo Intervarsity was held in the new Foyle Arena in Londonderry on Saturday 20th February with local students putting in some strong performances on the day.
A combined squad of Ulster University players from Jordanstown and Coleraine succeed in winning five Gold, seven Silver and one Bronze medals to mark an impressive outing for the local club.
This included coming a very close second in the Women’s Team event.
The team comprised of Rebecca Cuckoo, Rachel Huey and Aimee McIhatton. In the Individual events Black Belt Rebecca Cuckoo excelled by winning gold in her weight category and a silver in the Open weight event.
The only contest Rebecca lost all day was in a closely fought final of the Open category in addition to gaining points for her 2nd Dan.
Aimee McIhatton also had an excellent day in the individual events by winning the brown belt event and coming second in the under 52kg category.
She also completed the point’s requirement for her black belt 1st Dan. Rachel Huey took silver in both the greenbelt event and under 57kg competition.
The men’s squad did well in the Novice events with Chris Kelly winning gold and Alan Downey bronze medals while Jonathan Moyna took gold in the yellow belt competition. James McCafferty (UUJ) won gold in the brown belt and silver at under 73kg.
Overall out of 10 colleges taking part the UU squad ranked second in the medal table, which was a magnificent achievement for the local University.