Commonwealth medallist inspires judo hopefuls

Commonwealth Games gold medallist Chris ‘Tasty’ Sherrington — a Royal Marine Commando — visited Stornoway last week to inspire the next generation of young hopefuls from the junior judo club, as part of the Scottish Salmon Company’s involvement in judo.

The champion visited the award-winning club, which is run by George Kerr, CBE — a 10th Dan — to perform a judo exhibition with Frank Taylor, silver medallist from the 2006 Commonwealth Games. Those in attendance were treated to a lesson from the champion before taking part in a judo session.

‘Tasty’ also visited the the Scottish Salmon Company’s processing plant at Marybank to meet with staff from the company. The SCC is a firm supporter of the development of the sport in Scotland and recently announced its sponsorship of JudoScotland for 2014-15.

Judo has strong roots in the Lewis community since the establishment of the junior judo club, and ‘Tasty’ also visited local legend Charlie McLeod who is himself a brown belt judoka in recognition of his support for the sport.

Dr Kerr said: “I am so proud to call ‘Tasty’ not only a former pupil, but also a great friend. Judo was Scotland’s most successful sport at this year’s Common­wealth Games and with world-class athletes such as ‘Tasty’ encouraging our up-and-coming judokas, Scotland has a strong chance of maintaining a world-class judo team for a long time to come.”

Mr Sherrington is pictured showing the youngsters some moves as George Kerr looks on.