It has been a fairly good few weeks on the circuit for Team Falcons. The team were at the CIMAC British Open from where they brought home four golds and a bronze.
The day started unusually with both Callum Hollinshead and Bekah Mills going out in the first round which means Bekah now drops to third place in the rankings while Callum has yet to gain any points. In the girl’s novice Sophie Nandan took bronze leaving her third in the national rankings while adult fighter Sophie Robinson took gold and is now ranked second in her division. Brandon Prince and Stevie Parker also took gold in their advanced points divisions, Brandon winning both the -63kg and the +63kg divisions. He is now ranked first in the -63 and second in the +63. Parker’s gold leaves her ranked second overall.
The May bank holiday saw four Falcons fly to Scotland for the 2014 Edinburgh Open which proved to be a massive weekend with more than 700 fighters in attendance from all over the UK and Europe. One again the Falcons did Andover proud bringing home no less four golds, three silvers and two bronze medals. Fighter of the weekend must go to Robinson who took gold in both the Ladies Novice and Intermediate divisions. Parker also did well to land a team gold with Adidas UK and a bronze in the Ladies Open Weight narrowly losing out in the semi-finals to Norway’s Ina Grindheim. Jon Van Den Heuvel took gold in the -69kg light contact and a bronze in the -69kg intermediate points and coach Gordon Mitchell also landed three silvers, the first with Team Adidas UK and then individually in the Advanced Mens -79kg and the Masters Open Weight. Four fighters, nine medals....a good day at the office.