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Town’s judo stars

An Active Slough coach, with more than 30 years experience, has been awarded the 2018 Talent Coach of the Year at the prestigious annual British Judo Awards.

Robert “Basil” Dawkins, from Langley, has been coaching since 1990 and set up Moberly Stars Judo club in West London in 1997. He has established the club as one of the best junior clubs in Great Britain with more than 200 National Medallists over the last 20 years and 32 black belt promotions.

In 2016, he set up Moberly Stars Slough and working in partnership with Active Slough, he delivers two sessions a week for 5-18 year olds in the local community.

Basil said: “I feel incredibly proud of this award. It is recognition of the many years I have dedicated to the sport. I love the fact that Judo teaches kids how to keep trying until they succeed. It’s a sport that builds character with a determined focus and perseverance while making small steps. To see a child start Judo and gradually progress to their first championship, or first belt to the first national or area title or black belt fills me with so much pride.”

The Slough Moberly Stars sessions are on:

  • Tuesdays at the Singh Sabha Sports Centre – 6-7pm (5-12 year olds) and 7-8pm (ages 12+)
  • Wednesdays at Montem Leisure Centre – 5.30-7pm (ages 8+).

Sporting talent runs in the family as Basil’s daughter Myeisha was jointly named as young sportsperson at the Slough Youth Awards last year and is the British school’s Judo champion.

Visit the club website or email mobstar8@aol.com to find out about the sessions, or see the full Active Slough programme.

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