Judo star Jay wins bronze

Accrington Observer - - BEFORE THE BENCH -

A TEENAGER from Oswaldtwistle has rep­re­sented Eng­land at an in­ter­na­tional judo com­pe­ti­tion.

Jay Cronshaw, 14, won a bronze medal at the event in Ni­jmegen, Hol­land, for the Eng­land De­vel­op­ment Squad.

The St Christo­pher’s High School pupil has trained at the Bredak­wai Judo Academy in Ac­cring­ton since the age of five and is now a blue belt.

His proud mum, Su­san Cronshaw, said Jay is now look­ing for­ward to win­ning a medal at the Bri­tish Cham­pi­onships on De­cem­ber 1 and get­ting into the Eng­land Elite Squad.

She said: “We are so pleased and proud that he got a bronze medal. He was away from home for four days and loved ev­ery minute of it.

“He has got Asperger’s and we thought if he got into mar­tial arts then it would build up rou­tine and re­spect.

“He goes to Bredak­wai four times a week and is one of the long­est serv­ing mem­bers there.

“He can be a bit so­cially awk­ward but not at judo be­cause he is there with his friends and he knows what to do.

“He has got his brown and black belts still to do and is hop­ing to get those done by the time he is 16.”

Jay Cronshaw won a bronze medal

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