News Archive, Category: Judo

Megan Fletcher at the 2021 World Judo Championships. CREDIT Sabau Gabriela/IJF

Top-five finish for Megan Fletcher and good wins for Prisca Awiti-Alcaraz as Team Bath judoka impress at World Championships

10 June 2021

Megan Fletcher narrowly missed out on a podium place in her last World Judo Championships as both she and fellow Team Bath judoka Prisca-Awiti Alcaraz impressed at the last major competition before the Tokyo Olympic Games. Fletcher, representing Ireland, was in fantastic form throughout Thursday’s -70kg competition in Budapest and recorded victories over South Africa’s Anastasiya-Alexandra Nenova and Barbara Timo of Portugal to reach the quarter-finals. Sanne Van Dijke of the Netherlands had the edge...

Podium place and Tokyo Olympic qualification are the twin goals for Team Bath’s Prisca Awiti-Alcaraz at World Judo Championships

08 June 2021

Team Bath judoka Prisca Awiti-Alcaraz heads into her third World Championships this week with two major goals – a podium finish and confirmation of her place at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The University of Bath Sports Performance alumna, who represents Mexico, currently holds a Continental quota place in the women’s -63kg division with the World Championships in Budapest the final chance to earn qualification points. “If I perform well at the Worlds, I could...

Judoka Ben Fletcher pleased with recovery so far as he targets Tokyo Olympic Games return just five months after breaking leg

25 May 2021

Team Bath judoka Ben Fletcher says not having “time to dwell on things” has helped him stay laser-focussed on recovery as he bids to compete at the Tokyo Olympic Games just five months after breaking his leg. Fletcher suffered the injury while representing Ireland at the Tel Aviv Grand Slam in February and underwent surgery a couple of days back in London later to pin the break. Remarkably he was back on his feet later...

Prisca Awiti-Alcaraz (left) won silver for Mexico at the 2021 Panamerican Senior Judo Championships

Super silver at Panamerican Senior Championships in Mexico moves Team Bath Judo’s Prisca Awiti-Alcaraz closer to Tokyo Olympics

16 April 2021

Team Bath judoka Prisca Awiti-Alcaraz recorded the best result of her international career to date – and gained more all-important Tokyo Olympic qualification points – when she won silver at the Panamerican Senior Championships in Guadalajara, Mexico this morning. Awiti-Alcaraz, a University of Bath Sports Performance alumna and member of the High Performance Judo squad at the Team Bath Sports Training Village, had been a doubt for the championships with a shoulder injury. However, she...

100 days to Tokyo: Euro Champs are next step on road to Olympics for Team Bath judoka Megan Fletcher after a year like no other

14 April 2021

“No athletes have had to qualify for an Olympics during a global pandemic before and I know if I get to Tokyo I will have really achieved something.” After a qualification period unlike any other, the finish line is coming into sight for Team Bath judoka Megan Fletcher with just 100 days to go until the delayed Tokyo Olympic Games finally get under way. Her place in the Ireland squad isn’t confirmed yet but she...

Incredible ippons help Team Bath Judo captain Gregg Varey reach quarter-finals on Grand Slam debut in Turkey

06 April 2021

Team Bath Judo’s Gregg Varey enjoyed an excellent Grand Slam debut for Great Britain as he finished seventh overall in Antalya, Turkey. It may have been his first competitive outing for 15 months but Varey was soon into his stride in the -66kg category, defeating home judoka Talha Buyukeser in the opening round before scoring an ippon to beat five-times African Championship medallist Imad Bassou of Morocco. The Team Bath High Performance Judo Squad captain...

James Reseigh and Sidney Tancock both progressed from the Diploma in Sporting Excellence scheme to study and train at the University of Bath

How Team Bath Judo’s Diploma in Sporting Excellence encourages 16-18 year olds to take both sport and education to the next level

24 March 2021

Imagine you are a 16-year-old who has just completed your GCSEs and are considering what to do next. At the same time, you are a talented sportsperson who has competed at regional or national level and would like to see whether you have the potential to go even further. Finding a way to pursue both your sport and education to a high level can be tricky but Team Bath Judo is part of a hugely-successful...

Ben Fletcher excited to get back to international judo competition at Doha Masters with less than 200 days to rescheduled Tokyo Olympics

12 January 2021

Team Bath judoka Ben Fletcher says he is excited to get back into competition and see where he is on the global stage as he prepares to compete in this week’s Doha Masters event in Qatar. Fletcher and sister Megan, a Commonwealth Champion who also trains with Team Bath, will be representing Ireland on the international circuit for only the second time since the Coronavirus pandemic forced competition to be suspended last March, while University...

Team Bath coaches keeping British Judo community active during December with Technical Thursday virtual training sessions

02 December 2020

Team Bath Judo coaches Adam Hall and Tom Reed are helping the British Judo community stay active, motivated and in shape by streaming weekly virtual Technical Thursday sessions during the build-up to Christmas. The online training sessions, open to British Judo members aged 12 and over, will centre around players continuing their technical development while training from home or restricted to non-contact training. They start on December 2nd and will run for three consecutive Thursdays...

University of Bath-based sportspeople recharged and refocused with one year to go until rescheduled Tokyo Olympic Games

23 July 2020

The Tokyo Olympic Games may still be a year away, rather than one day, but the focus and motivation remains strong for elite athletes based at the Team Bath Sports Training Village. The Coronavirus-prompted decision to postpone the Games – which had been due to start tomorrow (Friday) – until July 23, 2021, was initially a huge blow to the aspiring Olympians who train at the University of Bath facility in sports such as athletics,...

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