Lincoln UTC is throwing its full support behind one of their students as they prepare to take part in an international judo tournament next month.
Sam Dalby from Ruskington is in the final weeks of training ahead of the 2018 Glaspalast Sindelfingen International Judo Tournament.
The annual tournament is organised by German judo club VfL Sindelfingen Judo in Stuttgart and attracts fighters from around the world, including Canada, Holland, Switzerland, as well as Germany and the United Kingdom.
Sam, who won a Bronze Medal in the British Schools Championship in March, will be competing in the cadet boys under 90kg category between 21st and 26th June.
The 16-year-old only took up judo two and a half years ago and is currently a 1st kyu or brown belt, which is just one belt away from the renowned black belt.
Sam was picked for the competition by Alan Stanbra his coach at Higashi Judo Club in Spilsby, who is also secretary of Yorkshire and Humber Judo, but as he will need to take four days off school to attend he needed special permission from Lincoln UTC.
"It’s great that Sam will be competing in this prestigious competition and whenever our students show excellence in extra-curricular activities we do our best to support them," says Stuart Hamer, Vice Principal. "Everyone at Lincoln UTC wishes him all the best for the tournament. We’re sure he will do his judo clubs, the UTC and himself proud!"
Sam trains four times a week with Higashi Judo Kway in Spilsby, Gratham Judo Club and Acorn Judo Club in Digby is currently in the first year of his Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics A Levels.
"I am really looking forward to the competition. It’s going to be a real challenge and a big step up in standards compared to what I’m used to, but I’ve been training really hard and can’t wait to get started," says Sam.