Performance: High Performance Programme student selected for Team GB at European Judo Championships
26 April 2013
Welsh Judoka Natalie Powell has been selected as part of a 16-strong squad that will represent British Judo at the 2013 European Judo Championships in Budapest, Hungary from the 25-27th April.
Cardiff University Student, Powell will round up the women's action at -78kg on the final day of the event.
The selection for the British team comes as Powell is also busy preparing for next year's Commonwealth Games.
Brian Davies, Sport Wales Elite Performance Manager said: "The elite players in the Welsh Judo performance squads are beginning to show signs of excellent promise in the run-up to Glasgow 2014. Recent results together with Natalie's selection for GB is further evidence of the considerable improvements both she, other players and the national coach, Craig Ewers, are all making in their training and preparation programmes."
Also taking place within the European Championships squad are -70kg Samsun Grand Prix gold medallist and Olympian Sally Conway, along with fellow Olympians Ashley McKenzie and Chris Sherrington. Alongside two sets of siblings with brother and sister, Ben and Megan Fletcher selected with sisters Kimberley and Louise Renicks.
London starlet Nekoda Davis will also make her European Championship début having recently taken gold at the Sarajevo Grand Prix, followed by victory in both the Junior and Senior Northern Ireland Open last weekend.
The action starts on Thursday 25th April with both of the Kimberly and Louise Renicks both in action at -48kg and -52kg respectively and both Nekoda Davis and Connie Ramsay representing GB at -57kg. The men's action sees Ashley McKenzie going for European glory at -60kg with Graham Trinder also competing at that weight.
Day two sees Conway take centre-stage alongside Megan Fletcher in the women's -70kg category, with Patrick Dawson and Jan Gosiewski in the men's -73kg and Tom Davis on the tatami at -81kg.
With Powell wrapping things up for the women on the final day, Andrew Burns fights at -90kg and Ben Fletcher at -100kg. Royal Marine Chris Sherrington competes at +100kg alongside Matthew Clempner.
The action will be streamed live at www.eju.net with British Judo providing regular updates through Twitter, Facebook and their website www.britishjudo.org.uk.