A message from Welsh Judo Chair, Marc Longhurst

Dear All,

It’s been another unprecedented year continuing to navigate turbulence from COVID.   

Whilst I would have loved to have talked about the pandemic in past tense, it unfortunately continues to impact us and is now clouded by the Omicron variant.  This uncertainty is extremely frustrating for us all but cannot detract from your hard work and effort in maintaining our Judo community across Wales.  From virtual training during lock downs to opening of new clubs, there are many positives that I will personally take from 2021.  This is a result of your hard work and personal sacrifices for which I am genuinely grateful.  Thank you.

As the clock counts down towards 2022, I am excited to be joined by new Board Directors who will bring fresh perspectives to help define and deliver our strategy.  I am under no illusion that 2022 will be easy for clubs but am hopeful that by the summer months we will finally relax and be able to support our athletes at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.  For many, competing at the Commonwealth Games is the pinnacle of their sporting achievements and I look forward to seeing our athletes competing for medals as part of the wider Team Wales delegation. 

As we all know performance sport is the tip of the iceberg and I am equally excited to see our grassroots clubs and players return to the mat in 2022.  I know first-hand the time and effort it takes to run a club and cannot thank our coaches, parents and volunteers enough for maintaining the cornerstones of our Judo community across Wales during extremely challenging times.  Your support and efforts are key to our success so again a big thank you to you all.

I’d like to close the year by wishing you a merry Christmas and happy and healthy 2022.  I hope you find time to relax and enjoy the holiday season with family and loved ones.

Best wishes,

Marc Longhurst,

Welsh Judo Chair

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