Team Bath judo quartet prepare for major championships

24 March 2011

Three Team Bath judo players have been named in the British team to compete at next months European Championships in Turkey, while a fourth player will compete at the Visually Impaired World Games, also in Turkey.

Jan Gosiewski, Tom Reed and Megan Fletcher are members of Britain’s 19-strong team for the Europeans, which take place in Istanbul from 21-23 April.

Britain can have up to two fighters in each weight division at the Europeans, which are seen as an opportunity to stake a claim for the London 2012 Olympics, when a maximum of one judoka per category is possible for GB.

Gosiewski, a University of Bath Medical Engineering graduate, competes in the under-73kg class in Istanbul, with Business Administration graduate Reed going at under-81kg and Fletcher fighting at under-70kg. The trio all train at the University of Bath.

Another member of the University’s alumni, Sports Performance graduate Gemma Gibbons, also contests the women’s under-70kg class.

Meanwhile, Beijing 2008 Paralympian Darren Harris is a member of Britain’s five-strong judo team for the International Blind Sports Association (IBSA) Visually Impaired Games, taking place in Antalya from 5 to 9 April.

He goes in the under-66kg class, in which he won bronze at the 2009 European Championships and gold at the German Open in January.

Juergen Klinger, judo head coach at the University of Bath, said: “I’d like to congratulate our judo players on their selections for the British teams for the European Championships and World Games. It shows their hard work and dedication, and gives them an opportunity to take a step closer to competing at 2012.”

For further information members of the media can contact the TeamBath press office at Matchtight Ltd on 07765 071683.

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