2019 Commonwealth Judo Championships: Ones To Watch

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2019 Commonwealth Judo Championships: Ones To Watch

Posted: 19/09/2019

With just under a week to go until the 2019 Commonwealth Judo Championships, almost 150 JudoScotland athletes are putting final preparations in as they look to fight for glory in Walsall.

The event, taking place from 25-29 September, will see over 1,000 athletes competing across a wide range of categories including juniors, seniors, veterans and visually impaired. 

The Championships adds to the growing list of top-level European and World judo competitions being hosted in Britain in the 2017-2020 Olympic and Paralympic cycle; Britain has already played host to the 2017 IBSA European Championships, the 2018 Veteran European Championships and the 2018 European Open.

National Talent Development Coach Gary Edwards emphasized the importance of this event in terms of the experience it offers the young athletes:

“The main purpose of this event is to give players the experience of fighting in a major competition.  It’s also exciting for our athletes in that it’s one of the few events where they will be representing Scotland as a country.  I believe we have a lot of chances at winning medals but for me, the key is for our athletes to gain the experience of fighting at an event of this calibre”.

Ahead of the Championships, we’ve put together a list of the ‘ones to watch’ during the tournament:

Pre-Cadet Boys – Ross McWatt (-50kg)

Ross will be looking to add to the McWatt family trophy cabinet next week; he is coming into the tournament in fine form with some impressive performances under his belt this year.  His older brother Stuart recently represented Great Britain at the World Championships and with judo running through his veins, Ross is definitely one to keep an eye on.

Pre-Cadet Girls – Sunny Doig (-57kg)

Sunny will be looking to maintain her winning year as a Pre-Cadet, having won all of the Home Nations events this year.

Cadet Boys – Dougi Fleming (-55kg)

Dougi recently represented Team GB at the European Cadet Championships and Youth Olympics in the 50kg category.  Since then, he’s jumped up a weight category to 55kg, which lays the foundation for some intriguing contests at the upcoming tournament.

Cadet Girls – Christy Simpson (-52kg) and Michaela Sweeton (-52kg)

British champion Christy will be fighting in her new weight category of 52kg in preparation for next year’s European Cups.  She is hotly tipped for a strong podium finish, but with team mate Michaela Sweeton also in good form and seeking a gold medal, a fascinating Championships ensues.

Junior Male – Chris Kumesu-Egri (-81kg)

Chris will be fighting in his last junior event and will be looking to go out on a high, with a top of the podium finish high on his agenda.  There is no doubt that there will be some exciting judo on display when he is on the mat.

Junior Female - Kirsty Marsh (-57kg)

Kirsty’s physical, energetic style will test a lot of the competitors that she’ll face.  Her varied skill-set should ensure that she’ll finish strongly at this year’s Championships.

Senior Male – Dylan Munro (-66kg)

Dylan will be fighting at his new weight of 66kg off the back of some outstanding international performance in the 60kg weight category.  Dylan is arguably one of the most exciting young judoka in British judo at the moment, and is definitely one to watch during this year’s event.

Senior Female – Rachel Tytler (-78kg)

Fighting in the -78kg category, Rachel will have a gold medal firmly in her sights after some great domestic results this year.

All at JudoScotland would like to wish our athletes the best of luck ahead of what’s set to be an exciting and compelling competition.