Sport Monday, May 16th Words by: Adam Knight

Monday Recap: 8 British BJJ champs, 1 Paralympic legend and a national cup for Hereford FC U15s

Sport Monday, May 16th

Monday Recap: 8 British BJJ champs, 1 Paralympic legend and a national cup for Hereford FC U15s

There’s a golden tint to this morning’s Monday Recap. More than a tint, actually. There’s golden glow around these parts after one of the most successful sporting weekends in recent memory.

We’ve got eight golds at the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu British Open – EIGHT – from the team at Hereford’s Combat Academy, a major trophy for Hereford U15s and the small matter of six-time Paralympic gold medallist getting the nod for Rio.

Here we go…

The Skydome’s the limit – Hereford Combat Academy dominate at BJJ British Open in Coventry

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‘Brasso’ sales will be going through the roof this week in Hereford after Dave Coles’ team from the Hereford Combat Academy brought home an incredible 14-medal haul from the British Open.

The two-day event at the Skydome in Coventry attracted more than 1,300 adults and 400 juniors from as far as Brazil, Israel and the United States, and saw eight Herefordshire fighters crowned as British champions.

Among those to win gold was 14-year-old Robynn Quin, who has only been training in BJJ for just over a year.

Quinn had to fight up a category on the day but, unphased, proceeded to submit both her grey belt opponents – with a triangle choke and an armbar respectively – to take the title, with her training partner Dali Hopkins also scooping a silver in great day for the girls from Coles’ gym.


Newly-crowned British BJJ champion at grey belt, Robynn Quinn.

The guys had a huge day at the office themselves, even without the presence of Ash Amos, who is currently preparing for the Worlds in California in June.

The full list of medallists is below:



Para-swimming superstar Sascha Kindred books his seat on the plane to Rio


20 years after his first Paralympics, GB legend Sascha Kindred will have the chance to race for his seventh gold in Rio this summer.

An icon of the sport, Kindred missed out on the automatic qualification time by just 0.23 seconds at the GB trials last month – although clocked the fastest swim in the world this year with in the heats.

However today Team GB announced today that the 38-year-old will be checking in to his sixth Olympic Village for Rio 2016.

It will be the first time since Atlanta 1996 that he will be doing so without his wife, 10-time Paralympic medallist in the pool, Nyree Kindred.

A fresh-faced Sascha Kindred after winning silver at his first Paralympics, in Atlanta '96. 


Brewing up a storm - Academy coach leads Hereford U15 to national cup

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Hereford FC’s U15 side are responsible for adding to the trophy cabinet congestion currently in place at Edgar Street, after bringing home the JPL Cup from the national sports centre at Lilleshall this weekend.

Having left the likes of Birmingham City and Bristol Rovers in their wake in earlier rounds of the national competition, the Whites rallied from behind to beat local rivals Worcester City 3-1 in the final.

A double from Liam Bishop – including a second-half screamer that iced the game – and a Joe Mellars goal was enough to lift the tropy and cap a great season for coach Liam Brewer’s side.

“I’m so proud of this group of players and our whole youth academy who have all been brilliant this year,” said Brewer, just a week after he led the county U16 team to a national cup final.

“Our team target was to win the JPL national cup in the next two years. The target is now to retain it next year!!”

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Playing against the wind, the slope and Worcester City in the first half, it was quality defending that kept Hereford in the game, until, just before the half time whistle, Bishop was able to break free and slot home a bottom-corner equaliser.

Nerves settled for the second half and after Jake Spink saw a goal waved off, Mellars headed home a Rhys Davies free kick, before Bishop put the game to bed with eight minutes to go courtesy of a 25-yard rocket that went in off the bar and sent the travelling fans wild on the sideline.

The 12-game run, from group games to the final, “has given the players a great experience which will live them for a long time”, Brewer added.

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