Kerrith Brown is looking forward to the challenge of being chairman of the British Judo Association after his recent election.
Brown, 50, pledged in his manifesto to improve coach education and resources, competition structure for children and communications throughout the BJA.
The 50-year-old feels he can take the martial art forwards, with British Judo likely to retain significant funding after actually exceeding downgraded performance targets at London 2012. British Judo eventually delivered its first Olympic medals for 12 years in London with silver for Gemma Gibbons and bronze for Karina Bryant.
"I am elated to have been elected as chairman of the British Judo Association," he said.
"It marks a full journey for me in the sport from the age of 12 right through to the highest level as a player and now as chair.
"I have been campaigning for 12 months and it has been hard work as there were some very strong candidates for the role.
"I would like to say my congratulations to those who have been elected onto the board - this represents a new era for British Judo."