Sport-by-sport - Judo (Visually Impaired)
|Chief Executive||Scott McCarthy|
|Performance Director||Daniel Lascau|
|Funding Award (2009-2013)||£1,294,400|
|London 2012 Performance||1 Silver, 1 Bronze|
|Athletes on World Class Performance Programme||10|
|Past Performances||Paralympic Games, Beijing, 2008: Bronze (1) - Sam Ingram|
|Press Officer||Chris Wiseman|
|Press Officer tel||01509 631 695|
|National governing body||British Judo Association|
“Without lottery funding I would not have been anywhere near the level I am today and now participating in London 2012. Lottery funding has meant through a full-time training setup I have been able to go from a young inexperienced club judo player to a candidate to the Paralympic Games in under three years.”
GB athlete Dan Powell
Visually Impaired Judo is the only martial art on the Paralympic programme and is receiving almost £1.3million of investment from UK Sport for the London cycle (2009-13), helping athletes and support staff prepare for the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
Based in Dartford with the able-bodied athletes, the Paralympic squad has been making great progress towards London 2012, with strong performances at many recent major events.
In 2010 Ben Quilter, who has been on the UK Sport World Class Performance Programme for over ten years, became GB’s first visually impaired judo world champion for 12 years, winning the title at the IBSA VI World Judo Championships in Turkey, beating Iran's Eigdar Habiboll in the 60kg weight category. There were also silver medals for brothers Sam and Joe Ingram and a bronze for Lesley Reid.
At the 2011 IBSA European Championships in Crawley, supported by up to £60,000 of National Lottery funding through UK Sport, Ben Quilter and Sam Ingram were both crowned European champions in their respective weight categories. This was the first time the event had been staged in the UK and attracted the highest-level judoka from all over Europe, allowing British athletes to prepare for the unique environment of competing in a world class event on home soil.
Paralympic Performance Coach at British Judo, Jean-Paul Bell, was selected for UK Sport’s Elite Coaching Apprenticeship Programme (ECAP), and is due to graduate in 2012. ECAP is a two year initiative which aims to accelerate the development of coaches already within the High Performance System, to enable them to have an enhanced impact in the short term, but also to become the elite coaches of the future.
Did You Know?
There are two sets of brothers in the ParalympicsGB visually impaired judo squad for London 2012 – Sam and Joe Ingram and Dan and Marc Powell