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Greenwich judo coach recognised at awards ceremony
5:15pm Tuesday 17th September 2013 in Sport
A GREENWICH judo coach has collected a major award at a glittering ceremony recognising his contribution to grassroots sport.
Metro Judo Club’s Mick Murphy picked up the volunteer of the year honour at the London Youth Games Hall of Fame and annual awards ceremony on September 10.
He picked up the trophy from four-times Olympic 400m athlete Donna Fraser for his tireless work in coaching and co-ordinating the sport in his community.
Ever since the London Youth Games started in 1977, Murphy has been a judo team manager, firstly for Southwark and for more than three decades with Greenwich.
Latterly he has also assisted Lewisham.
He was the first coach for Charlton’s London 2012 silver medallist Gemma Gibbons, herself a former London Youth Games competitor.
This year he gave her away at her wedding.
Murphy said: “For some of the kids competing for the London Youth Games, it’s like their Wembley, it’s a pretty big deal.
“All the children love playing for Greenwich, they feel proud to represent their borough and see it as a real achievement.
“This year I also helped organise the Lewisham judo team, we’ve been running both team for the past two years and it’s always good to get a bit of friendly rivalry going.”
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