A Brief update from the Chair of some key events and recent news from March:

Hi Judo Community,

It’s an exciting time for JudoScotland as we launched our new strategic plan for 2023 – 2027, Judo For All, this month. We developed our plan following an in-depth consultation with our stakeholders and members to encapsulate our collective goals. The plan reflects some fantastic opportunities for the organisation and the sport. If you haven’t had a chance yet, I would encourage you to read through it here.

I am also thrilled to welcome two new independent directors to our Board this month Lynne Glen and Sandy Hodge. Lynne and Sandy bring a wealth of experience from their roles within Scottish sport. I look forward to working with them both as well as our other directors, JudoScotland staff and members to bring Judo For All to life.

I was saddened to hear of the passing of three significant members of the Scottish Judo family in March, Eddie Ainsworth, Jimmy Mcquade, and David McSkimming.

In happier news, there have been some great success for our performance Judoka in March with Nordine Adrif (-60kg) and Ollie Short (-73kg) both taking their first senior international tour medals with a Bronze at the Riga Senior European Cup. Kirsten Taylor (J2 +70kg) took a step towards her Paris 2024 Paralympic qualification with a Bronze medal at the IBSA Egyptian Grand Prix earlier in the month.

Also, I would like to congratulate Sean Allan from Castle Douglas Judo Club on his selection to represent Special Olympics GB at the  Berlin 2023 World Games in June.

And lastly, on the  2nd April, I had the privilege of being at the Dan Grading event hosted by JudoScotland at Ravenscraig, Motherwell.  With 100+ participants it was one of the UK’s largest gradings of its type.  Congratulations to all of those who succeeded and for the others, keep trying!