Gold rush for Judo stars


Judo stars from the University of Wolverhampton are celebrating after winning a haul of medals at a national championship.

The women’s team won gold at the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) Nationals 2019 competition in Sheffield at the weekend.

Aceyla Toprak, Jemima Yeats-Brown and Kelly Petersen-Pollard were victorious in the team competition - adding to their own individual gold medals.

Team Wolves took first and second place in the women’s under 57kg, with Acelya Toprak winning gold and Jodie Caller taking silver.


In the women’s under 78kg, it was gold for Jemima Yeats-Brown and bronze for Elin Lloyd, while Kelly Petersen-Pollard won her gold medal in the under 70kg group.

There were also individual gold medals for Molly Storey in the under 63kg category and Faye Njie in the men’s under 73kg.

Dr Richard Medcalf, Director of the Institute of Human Sciences, said: “We were absolutely thrilled with our Judo success at the BUCS Nationals. In total we won five individual gold medals, one silver and one bronze, plus gold in the Women’s team event. This was a total of 93 BUCS points – our highest ever points score.

“This is testament to the hard work and commitment of our students and our long-standing relationship with the British Judo Association, whose Centre of Excellence is at our Walsall Campus.”

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Date Issued: Tuesday, 19 February 2019

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