Sport-by-sport - Judo
|Chief Executive||Andrew Scoular (Interim)|
|Performance Director||Daniel Lascau|
|Funding Award (2009-2013)||£7,498,000|
|London 2012 Performance||1 Silver, 1 Bronze|
|Athletes on World Class Performance Programme||29|
|Past Performances||Olympic Games, Sydney, 2000: Silver (1) - Kate Howey|
|Press Officer||Chris Wiseman|
|Press Officer tel||01509 631 695 / 07875 032 287|
|National governing body||British Judo Association|
"Lottery funding has allowed me to concentrate my efforts on training full-time as an athlete. In my sport, you have to be 100% committed to be successful and in return, the commitment I have received from Lottery Funding has enabled me to do what is necessary in training to be the best, without the added pressure of financially trying to make ends meet."
Sarah Clark, two-time Olympian and former European champion
Receiving the second highest funding of the Olympic combat sports, with nearly £7.5 million from UK Sport for the London cycle (2009-13), almost 30 British Judo athletes are on the UK Sport supported World Class Performance Programme (WCPP).
One of those athletes, European bronze medallist and holder of 21 major medals Karina Bryant, has been on the WCPP since 1997.
Bryant is based at Camberley Judo Club, which is also home to high performance coach, Luke Preston [PDF, 209k], one of the first coaches to graduate from UK Sport’s Elite Coaching Apprenticeship Programme (ECAP) in 2011.
Fellow GB coach Jean-Paul Bell followed in Preston’s footsteps and was selected for ECAP in 2010 and is due to graduate the development programme in 2012. Prior to this, three judo coaches were selected for, and completed, UK Sport’s Elite Coach. Graeme Randall, Darren Warner and Sydney judo silver medallist Kate Howey all completed the three-year programme.
Between 2007 and 2011, UK Sport allocated National Lottery funding totalling over £600k to British Judo events. The annual GB World Cup was funded by UK Sport over five years and was positioned as a key event on the International Judo Federation World Circuit. It attracted the highest-level competitors fighting for Judo World Ranking and qualification points. Each year the British leg alternated between men and women.
Taking place right across the country, from Birmingham to Liverpool, these events have given British athletes experience of competing in front of a home crowd, as well as giving fans across the UK the opportunity to watch world class judo.
Did You Know?
Three British Judo athletes have been on the UK Sport supported World Class Performance Programme since 1997
*Accurate as of May 2012