Enjoyment is key for Olympian Sally Conway

Sally Conway is an experienced Judoka with medals from some of the toughest competitions in the world. Not to mention winning Bronze at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

It's been a long journey for the Bristol born martial artist. Since leaving school, Conway has devoted her life to her martial art.

"I realised my passion and my life was going to be with Judo when I was just leaving school." She told martialarts-online.co.uk.

"I remember all the careers advisors asking me what I wanted to do and every time it was full time judo.

From the age of 10 i've just always loved it and it became a family thing. My Dad and my brother both started and my Dad eventually became my coach.

Judo has always been a massive part of my life and it always will."

Things might have worked out differently for Conway. Having first tried the kicking martial art of Taekwondo.

"At school, I was bullied a little bit and that's what prompted me to look into martial arts. One of my friends was a black belt in Taekwondo so for a few weeks I tried that.

It just wasn't for me as the beginners trained seperately and it didn't click for me. It was then that I chose to give Judo a go"

So it turned out, Conway and Judo were a match made in heaven.

"I loved Judo from the start" she continued.

"I remember being thrown straight into the deep end. Respect was a big thing, from the students to the instructors and vice versa, but also between the students. Everything the coaches did in my first Judo experience was to help me, and I was hooked."

As for her success, Sally notes that enjoying what you do is the key.

"Regardless of what martial art or sport you choose, the most important thing is to enjoy it.

Sport at times can be so tough but if you love what you do then you can get through it, and that's the best feeling."

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