Chester Livesey (First Form) attended the British Schools judo competition in Sheffield on Sunday, competing in the Under 38-kilogram category.
Chester dominated his first fight but could not quite manage a score in normal time so the fight went to golden score. Unfortunately, he had a winning score overturned by the video panel for a small technicality and was then caught by a good counter-attack and lost after nearly six minutes.
This put him into the repechage where he dominated his next fight and won without any real danger. His third fight was against a very strong fighter. Chester got caught with a wasari (half score) early on but went on to throw the boy with two really good ippons (the first being ruled out again by the video panel).
His fourth match to get into the bronze medal fight, unfortunately, ended in defeat to an impressive fighter but the match could have gone either way. Chester gained seventh place (subject to confirmation), which is a brilliant achievement – congratulations!
You can watch a clip of Chester at the competition here.