HAPPY BIRTHDAY to ELLEN COBB …. Congratulations and best wishes from the Southern Area to Ellen for her 80th birthday on 14th December.
Ellen was a leading judoka at Area, National, and International levels from 1964 to 2004. After her competitive judo career, she became a leading figure in complementary & holistic therapies and the Bowen system.
Ellen has always been an ‘Organiser Extraordinaire’ and has never done things by halves – before her judo career she worked with horses, managed a campsite and poultry farm and was involved in a number of sports such as of riding, hockey, badminton, rally driving and windsurfing.
She contributed to judo in many ways as a Senior Coach, Senior Examiner, National Referee and Tournament Controller. We’re sure many of us remember her as Competition Controller in the ‘glass bowls’ at Crystal Palace running the 7 mat events with hundreds of players and packed seating areas.
Ellen was a national kata champion and top competitor in the early days of Women’s International judo with an impressive tally of medals :
European Championships: 1976 silver, 1975 bronze 75 silver, 1974 test Europeans silver.
European Opens Dutch Open: 1977 +72 gold bronze, 1975 -72 bronze, German Open 1973 +69 bronze, Swiss Open 1973 +68 silver., 1972 Yugolsavian Open, gold
British events: 1977 British Trials gold +72, 1976 British Open :+72 gold, 1975 British Open: gold -72 and bronze in open category, 1974 British Open: silver in -72, bronze in open category, 1972 British Open: bronze +68 kg, 1971 British Open : gold open category – the first British Ladies Champion; she also laid the mats
She was manager for the Young Women’s Squad with alumni players who went onto become European and world medallists. For many years she was lead coach and manager of the very successful Guildford Judo Club, and organiser and head coach for the popular training camps at Burrow Hill school in Surrey.
After retiring from her numerous judo activities Ellen became interested in complementary therapies .. which led to her a leading figure in that world. She qualified in aromatherapy and a range of massage therapies and worked in Uganda with their organisation The Aids Support Organisation helping to train nurses to deliver support therapies. She qualified in the Bowen technique then went on to become a trainer , chairman of Bowen Training UK and Chairman of the Bowen Association UK .. ..you see what we mean by her doing nothing by halves.!! Since 1989 she has run a successful clinic in Farnborough providing a range of complementary therapies.
So Ellen , on behalf of all Southern Area clubs and members past and present we thank you for your incredible contributions to judo and wish you a very happy birthday.
Stephen Ellis and Marion Woodard