Herefordshire judo star Stan Cantrill prepares for World Masters test in Abu Dhabi (From Hereford Times)
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Herefordshire judo star Stan Cantrill prepares for World Masters test in Abu Dhabi
9:00am Friday 11th October 2013 in Sport
HEREFORD’S leading judo player is off to Abu Dhabi to test himself against the best in the world next month.
Stan Cantrill carried off the British Open Masters Title at the Glades in Kidderminster and now heads for World Masters in November.
“I won the British Open in 2007 and 2009 so it’s great to get it back,” said the 68-year-old.
“One of the best things about winning the British title is that it gives me sponsorship to go to Abu Dhabi.”
This latest triumph has come despite a revision to the rules of the sport he has taken part in for around 40 years.
“They said that wrestling and judo were too similar so they have taken the leg grabs out of judo,” said Cantrill. “I had to change my game and it has been a real learning curve.”
Cantrill beat Alan Jones, a seventh Dan and a national coach, in the final at Kidderminster to earn his place in Abu Dhabi on November 24.
But before that, he has some work to do.
“I am a director of Welsh Judo and we are organising the Welsh Open on November 2 and 3,” he said.
“But in the meantime, I shall carry on training.
“It’s become a way of life for me – I must be the fittest OAP in the country.”
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