Tom Lish gets Commonwealth Gold

delighted 17-year-old Tom Lish returned back to England from the Bahamas last week with a prestigious Commonwealth Youth judo gold medal. He was undefeated at the games, held in Nassau, which was the first time judo was included at the event. Making history, Lish won the first ever gold medal in judo, which also happened to be the first gold of the competition for England, putting them firmly at the top of the medal league, a place cemented with other another four judo gold medals and a bronze. Lish, who is a member of the Berkhamsted-based Rush Judo club, said: “I was over the moon just to have made selection for the games, so to be the first gold medal winner not only for judo and for the England team, but of the whole games was just fantastic. “It was the experience of a lifetime and just spurs me on to work harder and achieve more. I couldn’t have done this without the support of my school, all my coaches in judo and with the England team, but especially the support of Laurie Rush, without whom I would not be celebrating this achievement.” It added to other English successes in swimming and athletics, meaning the games ended with England victorious. English judoka were among 74 young athletes, aged between 14-18, to be selected for Team England

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