In October 2017 React’s head coach and longest standing member represented team England at the ICO world cup in Birmingham and the unified world championships in Italy. Coach Arron joined young Harvey Adlam in the squad this year and after 9 months of squad training sessions, both fighters were able to put themselves to the test.
First was the ICO world cup being held in Birmingham 20th - 22nd October. Harvey came away from this event with a bronze medal from the -35kg mat category (which was one of the busiest and also the weight category above his own) whilst Arron came away with a silver in the -85kg mat and silver in the –80kg ring.
It was 2 long days of hard competition from both fighters who came up against some very good opponents on the mats and in the rings, but it turned out as a great return and superb warm up for the unifieds which were held just 3 days later…
Unified World Championships
From the 25th - 30th October Arron + Harvey continued their competitive journey at the Unified world championships in Tuscany Italy. As part of an 18 -strong squad, Arron + Harvey weighed in on the Wednesday, before taking part in the opening ceremony on the Thursday. The opening ceremony presented Arron + Harvey with the opportunity to travel the world in the space of 3 hours!!
The events started immediately after the opening ceremony with Harvey competing every single day, while Arron’s events limited him to action on just the Saturday and Sunday. After four ten plus hour days, Arron came away with two bronze medals and one silver whilst Harvey cleaned up and took two bronze, two silver and a gold medal, which officially makes him a
unified champion of the world!!
It was another great showing from our two fighters who between them earned eight medals, taking our overall tally for the two competitions to eleven medals from just two competitors. Not a bad return at all for a small club in Rowley Regis. Both fighters have now turned their attention towards the next ICO world cup which will be in Greece in May 2018.