Commonwealth Judo Championships 2016 Port Elizabeth South Africa


Commonwealth Judo Championships 2016 Port Elizabeth South Africa

Ashley Parrette brings back South African Gold

On the 24 April Ashley Parrette and Joe Williams , from Yamabushi judo club too part in the biannual Commonwealth Judo Championships this year held in port Elizabeth South Africa. With a 15 hour flight to reach the venue the pair left the UK several days earlier on the 20th ensure enough time to acclimatize and prepare for what promised to be a hard completion in the 32 degree C heat.

This year’s competition introduced the sport to more people than ever and included categories for juniors, the visually impaired, seniors and grand masters.

It turned out to be a fantastic day not just for Ashley and Joe but also many of the players from Great Britain, with Ashley winning the Gold medal and becoming the new Commonwealth Masters Judo Champion, in his category and Joe winning the Silver in his.

After winning the gold medal in his category Ashley said:

“Having taken part once before in the championships in 2012 in Cardiff and achieving fifth place I was very proud to represent England again and knew how important it was to be fully prepared and focused. I spent the past three months preparing for the day which comes down to a three minute head-to-head contest.

“With only four masters from England attending this year’s event I’d like to think we can get a bigger representation at the next Judo Championships which will be held in India in 2018. I’ll definitely be there to defend my title.”

The BJA Page said

“Well done to our Masters

Results from the Commonwealth judo tournament in South Africa:

Gold medals for Ashley Parrette England, Gavin Archibald England ,Paul Green Northern Ireland, John Thacker Scotland, Ronda Crampton-Reid England.
Silver medals for Joe Williams England ,Mark Montgomery Northern Ireland , Mitch Agnelli Guernsey,  Stan Cantrill,Wales , Andrew Chester England.
Bronze for Campbell Wright Scotland.”


Congratulations to all competitors and without master to pass on their knowledge where would we be?