Rio-bound British Judo athletes who train at the sport’s Centre of Excellence at the University of Wolverhampton’s Walsall Campus have been given a resounding send-off ahead of the Olympics.
The Going for Gold event was held in honour of the 13 athletes who will compete in the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Brazil during August and September.
Held at the University of Wolverhampton’s Chancellor’s Hall at its City Wulfruna Campus, it catered for the athletes, their families, coaches and staff from British Judo.
The athletes train at state-of-the-art facilities at the British Judo Centre of Excellence at the University’s Walsall Campus, and Paralympian Jack Hodgson combines this with studying a BSC in Sports Coaching Practice with the University.
Guests were treated to a Rio-themed event, which included traditional Brazilian music and dancing, and given send offs from representatives of the University and President of the British Judo Association George Kerr 10th Dan CBE.
University of Wolverhampton’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor Ian Oakes, who hosted the event, said: “It was a great way to wish our friends and partners at British Judo the best of luck at the forthcoming Olympics and Paralympic games.
“The Centre of Excellence at our Walsall Campus is an excellent facility and demonstrates our ambition and commitment to create an environment in which elite athletes can flourish and compete at the highest level.
“We hope we have been able to help give them a platform for success in Rio and the University wishes each and every one of them the best of luck.”
Nigel Donohue, British Judo Performance Director said: “It was a terrific evening and a great send off for the players. This was the first time in a long time that our athletes have been given a going away event like this and we have to give a big thank you to the University for putting the event on.
“Our partnership with the University has been really beneficial for our World-Class Performance Programme and has helped the preparation of all of our Rio-bound athletes.”
Athletes competing at the Rio games are:
Nekoda Davis -57kg
Alice Schlesinger -63kg
Sally Conway -70kg
Natalie Powell -78kg
Ashley Mckenzie -60kg
Colin Oates -66kg
Ben Fletcher -100kg
Jonathan Drane -81kg
Sam Ingram -90kg
Chris Skelley -100kg
Jack Hodgson -100kg
Picture: The athletes with representatives from the University and British Judo.
For more information please contact James Allen in the University Media Relations Office on 01902 322003 or Abdullah Mahmood from British Judo on 07989 591713.
Date Issued: Friday 22 July 2016