Manx judokas to compete in memory of Richard Lloyd

A dozen members of the Isle of Man Judo Club (south) travel to the North West of England this weekend to take part in the inaugural Richard Lloyd Memorial Championships at the SKK Judo Club in Newton-le-Willows Saturday.

Richard Lloyd (4th Dan), was a well-known judoka and coach from the island and North West region who sadly passed away during the first Covid lockdown in April 2020. The death hit the judo community hard, with respects paid from all over the world.

Former Isle of Man (South) Judo Club Richard Lloyd, sadly deceased in 2020 ( Isle of Man Judo Club (South) ) ( Isle of Man Judo Club (South))

Led by his son Andrew as well as coaches and officials from the region, a competition in his memory has been organised, which judokas based in the Isle of Man can attend now that travel restrictions have been lifted. relaxed.

Current head coach Chris Horton (3rd Dan), who took over coaching duties with the club in January 2020, said: “It has been two years since Richard died and his influence is felt every day. ” We are delighted to send a team to compete for the first time in over two years due to the pandemic.

“For many, this will be their first experience of competitive judo. Due to the close nature of the sport, judo has been particularly affected, but our team has been training well and we hope they will be proud of themselves and Richard.

The team consists of six seniors: Nathan Kennaugh, Mattie Cain, David Dallimore, Tara Alton, John Goodall and Lewis Dwornik; and six juniors: Jole Kennaugh, Thomas De Carte, Jake Beardwood, Euan Kinnish, Ryan Cadamy and Leon West.

Horton will travel with the team, along with club coach Errol Savage and head of protection and wellbeing Emma Kennaugh.

The Isle of Man (South) Judo Club would like to thank the following organizations who made this trip possible: MC Locksmith Services, Seaboard Overseas Limited, Promenade Shirts & Embroidery for sponsoring and printing the t-shirts and team hoodies, Manx Electrical Services and Bon Fabrics for sponsoring and applying team back patches, and Zurich International for sponsoring travel bags.

For more information, follow the team’s progress at www.facebook.com/IOMSouthernJC

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