Monday 10 December, 2018

Davis secures historic gold medals at Commonwealth Judo Championship

(From left) Dwayne Barrett, President of the Jamaica Judo Association,  and General Secretary Szandra Szogedi, share with Jamaica Olympic Association officials Ryan Foster (CEO), Christopher Samuda, President and Director Laurel Smith, upon their return from India where judoka Tom Davis won two gold medals at the Commonwealth Games Judo Championship.

(From left) Dwayne Barrett, President of the Jamaica Judo Association, and General Secretary Szandra Szogedi, share with Jamaica Olympic Association officials Ryan Foster (CEO), Christopher Samuda, President and Director Laurel Smith, upon their return from India where judoka Tom Davis won two gold medals at the Commonwealth Games Judo Championship.

Jamaican Tom Davis claimed two historic gold medals at the 2018 Commonwealth Judo Championships in Jaipur, India.

 

It was the first time that Jamaica was represented in judo at the Commonwealth Championships and Davis, an elite judoka, won medals in the Masters and Seniors categories.

 

“Top of it I was able to draw history for Jamaican judo, for which I am very pleased for our nation and for our sport,” said Davis. “The Indian Judo Federation did everything they could to make us feel welcome and that support, just like what I receive from the Jamaica Judo Association (JJA) and the Jamaica Olympic Association only leads to much better performances.”


Continuing, Davis said it was a ‘proud moment’.


“It’s a proud moment to stand on the rostrum, let alone on top and hear the National Anthem,” said Davis. “It is something I didn’t experience very much or as much as I would have liked in previous years, it is massive.”


His last medal was secured in the final, which meant the championship - which ended on November 10 - closed off with Jamaica’s National Anthem. Davis said this was special.


“The night before my last event I was secretly very proud thinking tomorrow it would be the last anthem played at the Commonwealth Judo Championships, what a nice way to end the competition. Still impetus to hear it again, until next time,” Davis reminisced with JJA General Secretary, Szandra Szodegi.
Ryan Foster, CEO of the JOA, said they are happy to facilitate history.

“The JOA is extremely pleased to continue to be part of, and facilitating history. When Dwayne (Barrett, JJA President) and Szandra came to the JOA some months ago to share their plans we immediately knew that their objectives were aligned to ours,” he said.

 

“Judo we believe is on course to be part of our ‘10 in 20’ plan,” Foster outlined. “We will be launching soon our text funding campaign to further raise funds to facilitate our members’ dreams. We are proud of Tom and his perseverance to make us proud.”

 

Over 200 judoka from 11 countries participated at the championship.

 

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