British Judo announce team for 2017 World Championships

British Judo announce team for 2017 World Championships

13 July 2017 / 09:38

Olympic bronze medallist Sally Conway will lead a 12-strong team at the 2017 World Judo Championships in Hungary, British Judo have announced.

The Team GB athlete and bronze medallist is one of six Rio Olympians to be named in a British team that includes several judoka making their debut at the World Championships, which run from 28 August to 3 September in Budapest.

Conway will be spearheading the medal charge alongside fellow weight competitor Gemma Howell, who has enjoyed a successful transition to the 70kg category having won bronze medals at the Antalya and Cancun Grand Prix this year. 

Sisters Bekky and Amy Livesey are also included in the squad alongside Max Stewart - son of Seoul 1988 Olympic bronze medallist Dennis Stewart – while Aaron Turner will compete in the Mixed Team event.

The team also includes world number three Natalie Powell, Nekoda Davis, Kelly Edwards, double Olympian Ashley McKenzie and Ben Fletcher.

Nigel Donohue, British Judo Performance Director, believes the unique blend of inexperienced and established athletes will hold the team in good stead for finishing on the podium.

"The likes of Sally Conway and Natalie Powell have been to multiple World Championships so they know what to expect," he said.

"But the younger athletes have shown they're not fazed by big crowds and arenas, so it'll be good to see them in action having firmly established themselves at senior level."

Donohue also praised the exciting wealth of female judoka heading to Budapest and believes it reflects the positive work by British Judo's Performance Programme.

"The Mixed Team event will also be very exciting for our sport," he added.

"With it being an Olympic event, we feel we've got a real chance to challenge for medals with the players selected for this event."

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