Fort Purbrook twins peak for Britain

Helen and Kathryn Cartwright
Helen and Kathryn Cartwright
Lucas Ballinghall, left, faces Michael Dehamnia in a featherweight contest Picture: Ian Hargreaves

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Twins Helen and Kathryn Cartwright followed up their success at the Southern Area Judo Kata Championships with an excellent fourth-placed finish in the European Union event in Slovenia.

The 19-year-olds missed out on a bronze medal at the prestigious event by just two points.

But the duo, who are members of Fort Purbrook Judo Club, could console themselves with the fact that they achieved the highest-ever position for a British pairing at the European Union Championships.

The Cartwrights’ performance also confirms their ability to succeed at the highest level.

Judo kata attracted the most entries from 13 European countries competing and the British team finished fourth out of 16 teams.

Their next challenge is the World Championships which will be held in Italy in September.

As soon as they returned from the competition, there was no time for the Cartwrights to rest. Both were involved in Fort Purbrook’s May Madness event last Sunday to raise much-needed funds for the club and, of course, have a bit of fun.

A total of 27 club members and a visitor from another dojo were put through their paces in a one-hour training session run by senior coach Tina Penfold and assisted by coach Nick Taylor.

Everyone involved was then joined by parents and siblings for toasted muffins, crumpets and cakes.

Once energy levels had been restored, all of the children headed off to the parade field within the fort for organised games of quick cricket and rounders, with the winning team being awarded the sports team champions trophy. The morning then finished with a raffle.

Coach Penfold said: ‘It was an amazing day and everyone had so much fun.

‘I would like to thank all the members and their parents for supporting this event and also a big thank you to local businesses for providing prizes for the raffle.’