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Judo stars both young and old make Dartford club proud

PUBLISHED: 13:18 08 April 2014 | UPDATED: 13:20 08 April 2014

L-R - Mick Quinn, Dave Quinn, the club's head coach, and Paraic Hernon at the Hungarian . Photo credit: Dave Quinn

L-R - Mick Quinn, Dave Quinn, the club's head coach, and Paraic Hernon at the Hungarian . Photo credit: Dave Quinn

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A judo club has been represented outstandingly at both home and overseas in recent weeks.

United Judo Club in Mallard Close, Dartford, put forward Jayden Seal, 11, Brayden Quinn, 17, and Will Young, 17, into the Northern Ireland Open at Queen’s College in Belfast.

A week later on March 30, the club sent four masters - aged between 30 and 69 years to compete in the Hungarian International Masters Open in Budapest.

Bill Sargent, the club’s oldest and most experienced competitor at 69, failed to take a medal but was “pleased to be competing at such a high level”, according to club representative Sean Seal.

Paraic Hernon, 32, and the youngest competitor from the club at this level, just failed to win a medal despite recent winning a place in the British Masters Squad.

On the same day United Judo also had youngsters fighting in the Medway Friendly Championships, held at the Medway Park Judo Club in Gillingham.

On the three events, Mr Seal said: “It is so exciting to be involved with a club that is so successful.

“We have been going for two years and we are doing something right.”

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