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Dartford Judo Centre celebrated for Olympics wins

14:23 13 August 2012

Gemma Gibbons with her silver medal

Gemma Gibbons with her silver medal

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The Performance Institute at Dartford Judo Club has been hailed for adding two medals to Team GB’s total in our greatest Olympics ever.

Gemma Gibbons, 25, delivered Great Britain’s first Olympic judo medal for 12 years followed by heavyweight Karina Bryant, 33, clinching bronze.

Dartford council leader Jeremy Kite said he was “delighted” with the results.

“I was at home watching Gemma when she won. It was absolutely fantastic. I hope it will spread. There is no doubt that Dartford is one of the best facilities in the country. For me now it is about making the legacy come true,” he said.

A spokeswoman for Dartford Judo Club said: “It is quite an inspiration for the children who come to the club. A week before the Olympic team went into the village we held our Friday evening practice with them, obviously not fighting them but the kids loved it.”

The Paralympic judo squad, which also trains in Dartford, is now gearing up to bring more medals back to town.

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