Mitch Agnelli Wins World Championships


Mitch Agnelli went to the World Veterans in the knowledge that he had done all he could to get fully fit, he had walked up Ben Nevis in August so he knew his legs were in good shape, he had worked hard on his upper body strength and he has been competing at a number of Veteran events in the UK as well as in France this year with good results so I knew he had a chance of getting a medal.

He was competing in the 70 year old age group at Under 81 kilos and there were four entries, two from Germany, one Austrian and MITCH (representing Great Britain Masters). They were all 3rd Dan compared to his competitive 2nd Dan.

His first bout was against the Austrian,  who was the Silver medalist last year, which was very close, it was only decided by Golden Score in extra time. He then knew he was the strongest player in the group (the oldest

competitor was 79 but he still managed to beat one of the 70 year olds!).

The next two bouts were fairly straight forward in which he threw his opponents for a 7 point and then a 10 point win which is fairly decisive at this level of competition

At this point, Mitch Agnelli was Veterans World Champion 2015.

“I would like to dedicate my World Championship medal to the memory of my wife Val who has supported me throughout my judo career and it is so sad that she isn't here to share in my success.”

You may be aware that Mitch was diagnosed with bowl cancer in the early part of 2013, as was his wife Val, and they were both operated on in December that year.

Sadly his wife's operation wasn't as successful as his and she was in and out of hospital and Le Bourg hospice for almost eighteen months.

“She was determined that whatever happened I should continue with my Veterans experience (I had competed in the Commonwealth Judo championships in January 2012 when they were held in Cardiff).”

“It still hasn't really sunk in that I have won a World Veteran title and I suppose I will have to go back next year to prove it wasn't a fluke.

The rumour is that it might be held in Miami so that should be a good enough

reason to enter.”

Mitch Agnelli