FIVE youngsters did Kendal Judo Club proud when they travelled to a major regional tournament in Lancashire and all returned home with a medal.

It was a big step for the group to compete at the first big North West tournament of the year in Bacup, but they grabbed three golds and two bronze medals to delight coach Nick Hill, who accompanied them on the day.

First to step on the top spot of the winner’s rostrum was 11-year-old Bartek Noval who showed his prowess with a big throw in his first contest then went on to get to the final which he won against a judoka from the home club with another superb throw.

And there was another gold medallist for Kendal when Jack Hodgson took on some of the hardest competitors he has faced in his brief contest career and scored wins with a throw and two hold downs before clinching top spot with another throw.

Completing the gold medal haul was Aden Thexton who topped his group with three throws.

Josh Holmes was unlucky to meet the eventual gold medallist in his first contest but he fought back in the repechage to win a bronze medal, and Ben Myers also came home with a creditable bronze.