The Road to Rio

He has however been very successful in his judo career and has amassed a vast amount of medals, including a Junior World Gold, Cadet Commonwealth Gold and Senior European Silvers and Bronzes, not to mention many domestic medals. He was fortunate enough in 2012 to carry the Olympic Torch as well as take part in the Paralympic potentials camp, which meant he was in the Olympic Village and arenas with the athletes during the Paralympics!

In 2011 he was selected onto the England mainstream judo squad and in 2013 he joined the Great Britain VI (Visually Impaired) squad. Through the GB squad he is now attending VI competitions around the world. In the past year he has been to Germany, Belgium, USA, Hungary, Brazil, Seoul and throughout Britain, and in the coming months he is attending The European championship in Portugal , and the Paralympic training camp in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Next year is already proving to be very busy with an extended period in Brazil, plus training camps in Austria and the USA and hopefully Rio in September! He will also participate in mainstream National Events throughout the year.

This year has been the Paralympic qualification period and so he has been working very hard to gain enough points to qualify for Rio. He is currently ranked No 6 in the World and has one more ranking championship to go. The top 9 go to Rio so it is exciting times ahead!

As you can imagine, this does not come easy. He has spent a lot of his time travelling, going to the gym and attending training all over the country. He lives in Lincolnshire but has now moved to the Judo Centre of Excellence in Walsall. He also begin his degree course in Sports Coaching at Walsall University this October.

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