Success at WPFG for Garda Judo Club

Niall Russell battling it out-with his French opponent

Niall Russell battling it out with his French opponent

During August 2013 the Garda Judo Club took part in the World Police & Fire Games in Belfast. The Garda Judo Club represented Ireland in all divisions of Judo and left the events with one silver and two bronze medals. This tremendous achievement contributed to Ireland coming sixth on the medal table.

The Judo competition was held at the Shankill Road where the full team of 14 members of An Garda Síochána were well received and treated extremely well by the organisers.

The bronze medals were won by Detective Sergeant Martin Mahon and Sergeant Alan Keane, who fought hard to get themselves out of their group stage and into the semi-finals of their division. The silver medal was won by Detective Garda Brian Power who fought through four rounds before being beaten in the final by the British Commonwealth Champion. Power showed true fighting spirit and steel like resilience as he fought through the final carrying an injury sustained from the semi final.

Narrowly missing out on medal positions in their categories were Detective Gardaí Connel Treanor, Shane Dervan, Declan Quinn, Paul Mulcahy and Garda Niall Russell, who all gave a good account for Ireland in difficult group categories.

The Garda Judo Club would like to take this opportunity to thank those who supported the club during the games. The Garda Judo Club trains every Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm at the Crunch Fitness Centre, Westmanstown Garda Sports Club. All are welcome to join including beginners and experienced players. For anyone interested in joining the Garda Judo Club please contact:

Alan Keane (Coiste Siamsa-Garda Judo Club) at 086 8282877 or 01-6663806

For full and in-depth coverage, see the current printed edition of Garda Review.

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