DUNFERMLINE star Emma Forrest is a national champion after winning the Scottish Closed Judo Championships Cadet Girls’ under-57kg class last weekend.

The annual event, for youngsters aged 18 and under, was staged at the Ravenscraig Regional Sports Centre and the 16-year-old, a silver-medallist at the Commonwealth Youth Games in July, won all four of her fights to take gold.

Emma, who represents Destination Judo Club, won the title in 2015 but missed last year’s championship as she was competing for Judo Scotland at an international event in Slovenia.

But the Dunfermline High School pupil returned in fine style as, not only did she take the cadet title, she won a further three contests on her way to finishing third in the junior (under-21) event.

It capped a fine year for the talented judoka, who also won a silver medal at the UK School Games in Loughborough in September, as she prepares to attempt to end 2017 with another podium finish at next month’s British Championships.

Other West Fife competitors who made the rostrum at Ravenscraig included Carnegie Judo Club duo Jamie Horn and Benjamin Fox-Kennedy, who have both made a successful transition to the cadet ranks.

Horn finished second in the boys’ under-60kg class and Fox-Kennedy took bronze in the under-73kg as they both showed their mettle against mainly older competitors.

Fellow Carnegie member Gregor Kasprzak took silver in the pre-cadet boys’ under-55kg category while there was also a bronze medal for Destination JC’s Angus Marsh, with the Dalgety Bay fighter winning three of his four contests by ippon in the pre-cadet boys’ under-38kg weight band on the way to his third successive Scottish medal.

His clubmate and fellow Inverkeithing HS pupil, Lesley Corbett, produced one of the throws of the day on her way to second place in the pre-cadet girls’ under-40 kg class, while there was also a silver medal for Caitlyn Todman in a very impressive showing at her first national championships, in the AA (under-11-years-old) girls’ under-24 kg weight.

Todman’s elder sister, Fiona, rounded off a successful weekend for local competitors, taking a bronze medal representing Judo Scotland in the Welsh Junior Open, which was her first tournament since joining the upper age group.