British Judo name 13-strong team for European Champs

British Judo name 13-strong team for European Champs

07 April 2016 / 12:51

Ashley McKenzie is one of the stand-out names in Britain's squad for the European Judo Championships in Kazan later this month after being named in a 13-strong team.

European Under-23 champion Amy Livesey (-63kg) joins Danny Williams (-73kg) as the only two members of the team not involved in last year’s European Games.

As the last major championships before Rio, the event, from April 21-24, is a key opportunity to earn qualifying points before the qualifying period ends on May 30.

McKenzie (60kg) and Colin Oates (-66kg) have previously won European medals, while Natalie Powell (-78kg) is aiming to build on a bronze at this year’s Paris Grand Slam.

Powell said: "My year so far has gone relatively well.

"Winning my first Grand Slam medal has to be the high. However, the Europeans has been my main focus from the start.

"Just missing out on a medal last year was devastating so I will be looking to put my best performance in this year and get on the podium."

Also in the team are Owen Livesey (-81kg), Frazer Chamberlain (-90kg) and Ben Fletcher (-100kg).

While the remainder of the women’s team is made up of Nekoda Davis (-57kg), Alice Schlesinger (-63kg), Sally Conway (-70kg), Gemma Gibbons (-70kg) and Sarah Adlington (+78kg).

Nigel Donohue, British Judo's performance director, added: "The team on the whole across the IJF World Tour have performed well and won a number of Grand Prix and Grand Slam medals and defeated some of the best players in the world.”

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