Medal Joy for Cater and Spall at European Club Championship
9th February 2018
Max Cater showed little sign of ring rustiness by winning a silver medal at the European Clubs’ Championship in Turkey.
And there was an excellent bronze medal too for heavyweight Jack Spall.
Cater’s podium place also proved a first since his appointment as High-Performance coach for 2008 Olympian, Michael Harvey.
“It feels good to be back on the podium having seen everyone else’s results last year and this,” said Cater after an impressive sequence of results, including a quarter-final win over teammate, Luke Jones.
“So, that has motivated me to do well. We only have two years left for Tokyo’s Olympic Games.
“And if I want to go to Tokyo you have got to do well.
“I also went into the competition without having done any contact in training after minor surgery in December. So, it was good to get on the mat and do some contact.
“Fighting Luke was tricky because not only do we know how each other fights but you are fighting a friend, especially for a medal.
“He’d also smashed it in his matches through to the quarter-finals.” Cater won his semi-final bout against Sagynysh Shymyrbay from Kazakhstan 14-12 before losing to Russian Georgii Gurtsiev 15-22 in the final.
“I made a few mistakes but overall my performances were good.
“We’ve now got the Turkish Open next week so hopefully I can nail down some performances I am happy to have another chance to show what I can do.”
Spall achieved his third place in the +87kg weight division.
“It feels good to be on the podium for the first time this year,” said the Norfolk born teenager. “I have started as I mean to go on.
“Hopefully I can gain some more points next week at the Turkish Open and try to qualify for the European Championships.”