Judo Gemmas selected for London 2012

26 June 2012

A future University of Bath student and a member of the University’s alumni feature in the British judo squad for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Gemma Howell is due to start a degree in Sport and Exercise Science at the University at the beginning of the 2012/3 academic year. She was today (Tuesday) named in the 14-strong Team GB judo team to compete at the Games, where she will compete in the under-63kg class.

“It has been my dream to win an Olympic gold medal for as long as I can remember so I am so happy to have the opportunity to represent Team GB and try and achieve my dream,” she said.

Earlier this month she won back-to-back gold medals on judo’s World Cup circuit, with success in Romania followed by another victory in Estonia.

She is joined in the team by University of Bath graduate Gemma Gibbons. Gibbons (pictured), who won bronze in the under-70kg class at the 2009 World University Games, shortly after graduating with a degree in Sports Performance. She contests the 78kg class at the Olympics.

Both Gemmas will be making their Olympic debuts at the Games.

Another judo player making his Olympic debut in London will be Team Bath and Ghana athlete Emmanuel Nartey. He will make a piece of history when be comes the first Ghanaian judo player to compete at an Olympic Games. He contests the 73kg class.

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