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Saturday, 4th April 2009

MSMAS delighted to welcome a new honorary Member ~ Graham Turner ......

Graham, now a full 'Honorary Member' of MSMAS, will further strengthen the Judo Team at MSMAS as we enter our 3rd decade of teaching Judo at MSMAS ...

 

Graham Turner was with us when MSMAS entered the British Judo Association (BJA).

Now, as we enter our 3rd decade of Judo in Mid Sussex he will act as our 'Judo Advisor' to further strengthen links with the BJA overall, for all our Judo Players, both Junior, Youth, Senior and Masters, in the area of referering....

A brief overview of Graham Turner's extraordinary life in Judo:

In the early part of 1970 he took his two sons to Tonbridge Judo Club as they were interested to take up the discipline.

The then instructor. Dicky Marcroft, who Graham went to school with, invited him to come onto the mat and that was the start of his life in Judo.

Graham took his first grading in December 1970 age 32 and three years later was awarded his 1st Dan in 1973.

He continued to practice, but stopped competing to take BJA Referee, TimeKeeper and Records Examinations, all of which he successfully passed.

During the next four years he progressed through the refereeing grades obtaining his BJA National certificate in 1976 and his Kyu grade Examiners certificate.

He then served on the Southern Area Committee from 1974 until 2002, some 28years !

His good friend Gordon Mortimer then encouraged Graham to start competing again, as he wanted him to apply for his International European Refereeing Licence for which you must hold a minimum grade of 2nd Dan.

As such, he then obtained his 2nd Dan in March 1979 and a year later in 1980 awarded his International European Referees Licence in Rome.

In 1982 he then became an International Refereeing Examiner and promoted on to the National Refereeing Commission, a position he then held for 18 years, 5 of these as Chairperson. 

In March 1983 he was successful in obtaining his 3rd Dan and became a Senior Technical Dan Grade Examiner.

In 1988 he was then awarded 4th Dan, 1992 5th Dan and in 1998 his 6th Dan by the Board of Directors, for services to the B J A.

In 1990 he was then selected by the European Refereeing Commission to be examined for his World International Refereeing Certificate in Paris, for which he was successful.

During the period from 1980 until his retirement, age 60 in 1997, he refereed no fewer than 60 times at International level, World and European, plus all the National Championships and National Referees Courses and Area events.

He was selected for 2 Junior World and 2 Senior World Championships, the 1996 OylimpicGames, acted as 'Referee in Charge' for the 1999 World Championships and 2002 Commonwealth Championships plus 'Team Manager' for the 2000 Games in Sydney.

Graham is still very active in the Southern Area as a Senior Technical Dan Grade Examiner.

 

 

 

 

 

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