Judo legend offers Olympic prizes for students

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DR George Kerr, CBE, and President of the British Judo Association visited aspiring athletes in Lewis this week as part of his ongoing commitment to bringing the martial art to the youngsters of the Hebrides.

And he left his keen students with a promise to return after the Olympic Games with a special selection of souvenirs which they can challenge for next month.

Dr Kerr has a remarkable Olympic CV having been an ex competitor, having refereed at the Olympics of 1972 and 1996 and helping produce a gold medallist during his 12-year stint as Austrian team trainer.

His incredible judo and games pedigree will see him as an invited guests at all the judo competitions but on his return to Stornoway next month Dr Kerr has revealed plans to bring a small slice of the Olympic party back to his students.

“I have talked to all the children about the Olympics in all aspects up to the present day,” he explained.

“All the kids are looking forward to watching it on television as they all now have a working knowledge of the sport. I think it is exciting for them to know someone who will be involved and there is a small possibility that I may present a medal.

“When I return to Lewis on August 9 I plan to hold a little contest for the students with prizes made up of memorabilia from the games.”