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British Judo have announced the 12 members of their team selected to compete at the 2018 European Judo Championships in Tel Aviv, Israel (26 – 28 April).
Acelya Toprak, Stuart McWatt and Jamal Petgrave are the youngest members of the team and will be making their European debut at this competition.
Lucy Renshall, recently a bronze medallist at the Tbilisi Grand Prix is the fourth debutant in the team.
2016 Olympic medallist Sally Conway and 2017 World Championships bronze medallist Nedoka Smythe-Davis are amongst the 12, along with Natalie Powell, Alice Schlesinger, Gemma Howell and Ashley McKenzie.
Nigel Donohue, British Judo Performance Director, said:
“For the first championships of 2018, we have selected a 12 strong and exciting team of experience and potential and optimistically, go into this event with high expectations.
“We have started the year building on the success in 2017 with some fantastic performances in a number of Grand Slam and Grand Prix’s with the highlights being Sally Conway wining Gold in Paris and likewise, Nekoda Davis winning Gold in Dusseldorf.
“The team that we have selected is a very strong mix of youth and experience. Our Senior athletes such as Nekoda, Sally, Natalie and Ashley have consistently performed at the very highest level and go into these championships in great form.
“Also, it is very exciting to give some our young athletes the deserved exposure at a Senior Championships and although at this stage of their careers there is little expectations, I know that they will go into this event well prepared to give their very best performance. I am sure that they will do GB proud.
“Additionally, given the quality of our female programme, it is pleasing that we can also select strong reserve athletes at both -63kg and -70kg. It has been a long time since we have had such strength in depth in the GB programme
“Finally, we wish the team the very best at these championships and confident that they will put in some strong performances for GB.” (Source - British Judo https://www.britishjudo.org.uk/gb-judo-team-announcement-2018-european-judo-championships/)
The full team is as follows.
Under 60kg - Ashley McKenzie
Under 81kg - Stuart McWatt
Under 90kg - Frazer Chamberlain
Under 90kg - Jamal Petgrave
Under 48kg - Kim Renicks
Under 57kg - Nekoda Davis
Under 57kg - Acelya Toprak
Under 63kg - Alice Schlesinger
Under 63kg - Lucy Renshall
Under 70kg - Sally Conway
Under 70kg - Gemma Howell
Under 78kg - Natalie Powell
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