Team Bath DiSE judoka Tatum Keen carries the flag for Team GB at Baku 2019 European Youth Olympic Festival

26 July 2019

Tatum Keen, a talented young judoka who trains alongside Team Bath’s high-performance squad, was selected to be flagbearer for Team GB at the opening ceremony of this week’s Baku 2019 European Youth Olympic Festival.

The 17-year-old, who accesses the Diploma in Sporting Excellence (DiSE) programme run by Team Bath Judo, carried the Union Flag into the Baku Crystal Hall as the 15th edition of the EYOF formally got under way.

Keen, a four-time British champion at cadet and pre-cadet level whose home club is Bradley Stoke JC, narrowly missed out on a podium place at the event after a narrow golden-score defeat to Romania’s Alexandra Pasca in the -52kg bronze-medal match.

Fellow DiSE judoka Grace Griffith also represented GB in Baku, where she had a bye in the opening round of her -63kg competition before being edged out by Poland’s Martyna Glubiak courtesy of a single waza-ari score.

Team Bath is one of only six centres in England to run the DiSE programme, where judoka aged 16-19 can increase their weekly training volume while working towards a vocational qualification that is recognised by UCAS.

The students are fully integrated into the Judo High-Performance Programme at the University of Bath, training alongside Olympians like Ben Fletcher and Emmanuel Nartey.

Click here to find out more about the Team Bath Judo Diploma in Sporting Excellence programme.

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