Josie Steele Wins Bronze at European Youth Olympics Festival

Get involved! Finding your nearest Judo club is easy, Get started here...

Josie Steele Wins Bronze at European Youth Olympics Festival  image

Josie Steele Wins Bronze at European Youth Olympics Festival

Posted: 28/07/2017

Highland Budokan judoka Josie Steele (U57kg) fought through the repechage to take bronze at the European Youth Olympics Festival in Gyor, Hungary. Scottish athletes made up six of the twelve strong GB Judo Team for the European Youth Olympics Festival (EYOF) which proved to be a tough tournament with strong competition throughout the event.

Day two of the competition was the first opportunity for the Scots to compete, with Imogen Walls (U48kg) and Oliver Park (U60kg) taking to the mat. Unfortunately it wasn’t to be with Oliver Park losing out in the first round to Israel’s Yair Elkind and Imogen Walls losing her first fight to Frances Leonie Gonzalez.

On Day three, three scots took to the mat Aaron Miller (U81kg), Ryan Turnbull (U73kg) and Josie Steele (U57kg). Aaron Miller was first up however faced a tough opponent in Karl Tuksammiel from Estonia, who unfortunately he was unable to defeat. A tough contest for Ryan Turnbull who lost his first fight to Georgian Levan Psuturi, marking the end of his EYOF journey. Josie Steele won her first fight however lost her second but moved through to the repechage where she fought through to take bronze when she won her fight against Czech Republic, Renata Zachova. 

Day four saw Tomi Imrie (U70kg) return from injury, where she faced Viktoryia Novikava from Belarus. Unfortunately it wasn’t to be on this occasion as she misses out in Golden Score.   However she progressed on through the repechage however was unable to beat Croatia’s Mia Mihovilovic.

The EYOF gives our young Judoka the unique opportunity to compete at a multisport event on an international stage, a fantastic experience that will prepare them for their competitive future.