For a club in just its second year, Stirling University Judo is doing remarkably well, achieving success on a competitive and inclusive level, all while being in a developmental stage.
The team travelled to two competitions this year and hosted one themselves, establishing Stirling as a growing presence within the wider university judo community.
Held in Gannochy Sports Hall, the SSS Kyu Grade Tournament saw Stirling’s Callum Bain, claim a bronze medal in his category.
The martial arts club then headed to St Andrews for their second tournament: the SSS Judo Championships. Panagiotis Galosias, the current club president, and Titta Tyni each brought home silver medals.
A bronze medal was also won by the women’s team, who also found great success at the BUCS National Championships. Despite being Stirling University’s first female team to compete in BUCS, the squad won silver medals.
Individual success was also achieved by Rachel Tytler and Titta Tyni again, who also took home silver medals.
Another great achievement of the university judo club, however, cannot be measured by wins and losses. President Galosias explains that inclusivity has been a large focus of the club in the last year.
Judo includes people with disabilities, international students, and members of the LGBTQ+ community, for example. Everyone is welcome, and Galosias emphasises that anyone can – and should – get involved.
The club currently boasts 22 members, a strong number of students which has made Galosias incredibly pleased with how Stirling University Judo has grown.
“You have to establish a good foundation at the university,” he explains. Having a strong core will allow the society to flourish later, and the plethora of successes achieved so far will certainly contribute to that. Judo is a glowing example of how sports clubs should operate.
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