Since 1980, the Grenzach-Wyhlen Judo Club has given people with physical and mental disabilities the opportunity to practice the sport. Now there was a gold and silver medal to celebrate.
To encourage greater participation, the Grenzach-Wyhlen Judo Club has been offering judo for people with physical or mental disabilities for more than 40 years. Since then, judoka from Grenzach-Wyhlen have been able to celebrate repeated successes. This was also the case these days, as was impressively seen at an evening of honor for successful judokas.
For the first time since 1982, two disabled athletes, Victoriya Shkolnikova and Oliver Bahr, won a gold and silver medal at the Special Olympics World Games in Berlin. In 1982 it was the legendary Grenzach-Wyhlen judo fighter Barbara Claßen who became world champion.
Shkolnikova and Bahr belong to the Grenzach-Wyhlen judo club and are trained by Erika and Cornelia Claßen and Urs Liesenfeld. In addition, the two successful judokas train in the inclusive adult group and are prepared for their sporting challenges by Falk Alpert.
Judo club is looking for trainers and supervisors
For the judo club, it is the greatest success in recent years, which reflects the achievements of the Grenzach-Wyhlen judo club for people with physical or mental disabilities. At the awards ceremony on Monday, the chairwoman, Barbara Gössler, congratulated the successful Olympians, and at the same time presented gifts to successful judo fighters who took part in international competitions and the German championships and were successful.
Max Schumann, Michael Platzk and Liv Heid returned with German championship titles. Christine Kimmerle took a successful second place.
At the international championships, Sophia Mannshart achieved second place, Christoph Reiser came third, and Lionel Leisinger took fifth place.
Despite all the sporting successes, the chairwoman of the judo club did not hide the fact that the club urgently needed trainers and supervisors at the awards ceremony. This is urgently needed, especially for the disabled area, in order to continue to enable sporting success in the future.
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