BEARSDEN judo black belt Max Murphy has vowed to bounce back after he failed to turn his European Youth Olympic Festival dreams into reality last week.
Max (16) took to the mat in Trabzon in the under 73kg event hoping to book his spot in next month’s World Cadets Judo Championships with a top-five finish.
But it wasn’t to be for the Glasgow Pro Judo Club member as he lost his first match to Latvian Dzeisons Smolars, before suffering the same fate in the repechage against Croatian Stjepo Roko.
But with an Olympic-style event now under his belt the Bearsden Academy pupil insists he will come back better for his Turkish experience, and put the disappointment behind him at the first time of asking.
He said: “I found it pretty tough going. I was beaten in my first fight by the Latvian who was very good before I had a tough draw in the repechage and didn’t progress there either.
“It was tough coming up against top-quality guys like I did but that is the luck of the draw and hopefully I will do better in the future”.
Max says he will now go away and work on his fitness and especially his grip strength.
The martial artist said it was also very hot fighting in Turkey, adding: “I am not used to the heat but competing in this environment is only going to make me better.
“It was also great meeting athletes from different countries and different sports. I’ve made tons of new friends in the GB team as well and the whole experience was great.”
Max is now determined to come back stronger and warned his rivals that he is only going to get better.
The teenager said: “It would have been great to go to the World Cadets but I have to accept that I didn’t do enough and that is it.”
The budding young athlete is proud to be part of the Team GB squad who are sponsored by Bank of Scotland.
The bank is also proud to support the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and was the official supporter of Team GB at the European Youth Olympic Festival.
For more information go to www.lloydstsb.com/london2012.