Konarakai Judo club is in its infancy but already it has proven to be a huge success story for the city since its formation in August last year.
The club, which is based in the Model Primary School, recently enjoyed a medal haul at the Irish Judo Association Open in Swords.
Club members, Aobhe McLaughlin (gold), Aedan O’Doherty (silver), Jake Doherty (silver), Eva Conaghan (bronze) and Erika Lysenko (bronze) all featured in the medals to add to the club’s achievements in 2015.
Konarakai, which translates as ‘Small Oak Club’, is run by NI Open champion and Irish Masters champion, Paul Green and several other top coaches including Eoghan Barr, Colleen Barr, Clive Roylance, Brendan McLaughlin, Shauna Healy and Brendan McLaughlin.
The club boasts players who represent Ireland from Cadets to Masters, including four members, Odhran McLaughlin, Joshua Green, Callum Green, and Jake Doherty who are the 2015 Northern Ireland School champions from St Columb’s College. Irish cadet, Joshua Green also won bronze in the UK School Games this year while Irish master, Toni McLaughlin recently won British Masters U70KG gold.
Konarakai are one of just four Judo clubs in Ireland who have been awarded the Sport NI accredited Clubmark accolade which is testament to the club’s continued growth development and success since its formation.
The club run classes on Monday’s and Friday’s from 6pm-7pm (6 to 8 years-old); 7pm-8pm (9 to 14 years-old) and 8pm to 9.30pm (15 year-old upwards). There is also a circuit training class every Wednesday from 6.30pm which is open to all.