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Jiu-jitsu: Double bronze for Curtis in Rome

Callum Perry also battles well at major European event

Manx jiu-jitsu club Gracie Barra took it's chance to shine on the international stage again as it claimed two medals during a major European event last week.

Isle of Man competitors Hayley Curtis and Callum Perry represented the Island club at the IBJJF Nogi European Championship in Rome, Italy across four days.

Due to numerous factors at the start of her first match, Curtis took bronze in her division by default and went on to qualify for the highly-contested Absolute category.

There, Curtis defeated a middleweight medallist in the quarter-finals before a narrow loss to a super heavyweight European champion by just two points in the semi-finals.

There was, however, consolation from this as Curtis' performances in the Absolute class meant she took a second bronze medal.

Meanwhile, Perry was a late addition to the roster as he replaced the injured Colin Everden.

Up against an experienced opponent, Perry would only lose out on points to a competitor who would go on to claim silver in the division.

Gracie Barra Head Coach, Conrad Roberts, says he's 'immensely proud' of both athletes for their performances.

He adds the club still also has plans to attend the IBJJF Kids European Championships in Dublin and the IBJJF World Nogi Championship in Las Vegas before the end of the year.

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