members of University of Wolverhampton staff are celebrating after
winning gold medals at the Commonwealth Judo
Mike Chamberlain and Wayne McDonald each clinched medals in
individual categories of the Masters Section of the event, held at
the Cardiff Millennium Centre at the end of January.
Mike, who is the University’s Director of Sport, won his medal
against fellow English competitor Tony Sarwar in the Under 73kgs
category of the 45-49 age group.
Meanwhile 41-year-old Wayne from Wolverhampton, who is the
University’s Judo Club Coach, picked up his gold against South
African competitor Mark Desfountain in the Under 90 kgs category of
the 40-44 years age group.
Mike, 45, from Stourbridge, said: “Neither of us had fought for
three years having retired from competition, but there was an
attraction to come back and fight in the Commonwealth Masters,
which comes around every four years. We only had a couple of months
to prepare, so we’re both delighted to have won gold medals. I
think our previous competition experience was a major factor!”
Mike has won numerous Judo accolades before, including being six
times British Masters Champion and four times medallist at the
World Masters Judo Championships.
Wayne has also enjoyed a successful career in the sport, having
won the British Masters Championships on three occasions, and
having represented Great Britain, along with Mike, in the World
Masters Team Championships in Moscow a few years ago.
Picture: Wayne McDonald and Mike
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