Posted on 2nd October 2014
A Glossop officer brings home a trophy and medals after securing a gold and bronze placing at this year’s national police judo championships.
PC Julian Gallagher, from the Glossop Safer Neighbourhood Team, competed in three categories to represent Derbyshire at the PSUK Judo Championships
PC Gallagher fought his way through the competition and picked up a gold medal in the 100kg veterans category and a bronze medal in the over 90kg masters category.
The competition, which was hosted by Police Scotland, took place at Tulliallan Castle in Kincardine, Fife between Friday, September 12 and Sunday, September 14.
Judo is a full contact martial art in which two judokas try to throw or takedown their opponent, immobilising them with a pin or forcing them to submit with a joint lock or choke.
PC Julian Gallagher from the Glossop Town Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “I have been representing the force in national competitions since 2002, so to bring back gold and bronze medals is an achievement which I am very proud of.
“It was a challenging competition but a great opportunity to put Derbyshire Constabulary on the map.
“I have been taking part in the sport since the age of 16, training at various judo clubs including, Glossop and Wilmslow, and at present I train at the Holme Valley Judo Club in West Yorkshire.
“I hope to compete in the 2015 championships which are set to be hosted by the Metropolitan Police Service in the area of High Wycombe.”