I have been doing judo since the age of 6 years old when I first started at Abingdon Judo Club, coached by Sensei Mark Maidment. My biggest achievement was a Bronze Medal in the British Nationals when I was 16 years old. I also won a number of area medals as well as a Bronze at the British University Sports Association Judo Competition. I have been coaching Judo since I was 16 years old when I used to assist my coach when he taught at Our Lady’s School in Abingdon. I also teach at Shunen Judo courses and competitions.
At Warwick University I was the Women’s Team Coach and Team Captain as well as getting heavily involved in the Men’s Team Coaching.
I achieved the British Judo Association’s Level 2 Club Coach in 2007 and after spending 7 months teaching full time in a number of Private Schools, I took over Abingdon Judo Club in 2008.
I love coaching at Abingdon Judo Club. We have such a huge variety of players from different backgrounds with different abilities. I believe that if you can make Judoka enjoy a session they will work harder and keep coming back. I want all our Judoka to enjoy Judo and fulfill their potential. All players have the ability to reach Black Belt if they put in the time and the effort and I hope that many AJC players go on to reach their potential.
I have been lucky enough to have been taught Judo by many fantastic Judoka from a young age including Sensei Akinora Hosaka (Kodokan 8th Dan), Neil Adams (2 x Olympic Silver Medalist & World & European Champion), Jane Bridge (First British Female World Champion), Ian Rose (Paralympic Bronze & Silver Medalist & World Champion) amongst many others as well as having trained with Sam Ingram (Paralympic Bronze & Silver Medalist). I aim to give similar opportunities to AJC members by running Masterclasses with elite players such as Gemma Gibbons (London 2012 Olympic Silver Medalist), Colin Oates (European Silver Medalist and Commonwealth Champion) and this year Sally Conway (Rio 2016 Olympic Bronze Medalist).
In 2018 I was proud to be selected by the Northern Home Counties to visit Japan on a coach education course. We were lucky enough to experience coaching at all levels from age 4 to university level in Japan. We even visited Tokai University, where we watched Olympians train!