Jan 18 2012 by Douglas Dickie, Rutherglen Reformer
TWO Burnside brothers are preparing to take on the cream of the Commonwealth in Judo.
Colin and Neil MacDonald are tow of the brightest stars in British Judo and they aim to prove that on Saturday (January 21) when they head to Cardiff for the Commonwealth Judo Championships.
It will be a busy time for the boys with Colin (16) - ranked the UK’s number one Junior - competing in the under 73kg level at the Junior British Closed Championships in Sheffield on Sunday (January 22).
Colin, a student at Reid Kerr College, is only in his first year at junior level. He is aiming for a strong season that will see him winning a place in the UK team for the International European Circuit.
Stonelaw student Neil, who is number one at UK Cadet level, will be fighting in the under 60kg category in the Midland Area Under 20 Years tournament in Walsall on January 29.
After winning the National cadet Championship in October, another win for 14-year-old Neil will almost certainly see him selected for the GB International European Circuit and the European Cadet Championship.
Neil will also be fighting at the Commonwealth Championship as part of the Scottish junior team despite still being a cadet.
The pair are members of the Sporting Judo Club Alba and have already tasted success at national level.
They are tutored by Stephen Somerville, a top Judo Scotland development coach, and he said: “They both have a natural ability for judo and will become really, really good.
“They are very, very strong, have a good shape and are robust. They have all the traits needed for the sport and they have good judo brains. They understand what is happening in front of them.
“They have contrasting personalities but they are very close as brothers.”