British Judoka Ready for Home Crowd Support

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British Judoka Ready for Home Crowd Support

Posted: 29/09/2016

With little over two weeks to go to the 2016 Glasgow European Open, rising stars of British Judo are looking forward to competing in front of a home crowd at the Emirates Arena on Saturday 15 October.

The European Open is the first world ranking event on UK soil since the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics and this is the fourth year in a row that the event has been held in Glasgow.

One member of the British Judo team who will be looking to harness that home support is Glasgow’s Neil MacDonald. The -60kg judoka, who now trains in Walsall at the British Judo Centre of Excellence, recently medalled at the Junior European Judo Championships in Malaga when he took home silver. 

The 19-year-old also competed in Glasgow last year losing in the last 16 to eventual champion Jeroen Mooren of the Netherlands but he has good memories of fighting in front of a home crowd. 

“It’s amazing. I remember last year when I fought the crowd was unbelievable, they were going absolutely crazy for me and I really excited for it again. When the crowd’s going crazy for you, you don’t get tired or anything in the fight and they make you go harder.”

He will be joined in Glasgow by Max Stewart, who will be fighting in Glasgow off the back of his bronze medal at the Zagreb Grand Prix on Sunday 25 September.

The -90kg judoka, son of 1988 Olympic bronze medallist Dennis Stewart, will be competing in a senior world-ranking event on home soil for the first time.

“I’m really excited for this one because I missed it in 2013 when I was a junior because I was fighting somewhere else and then last year I was injured so I’m really excited to fight in Glasgow.”

Councillor Archie Graham OBE, Depute Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of Glasgow Life, said: “With just over two weeks to go until the biggest event in the UK’s judo calendar, everyone in Glasgow is getting geared up to deliver a top-class event in the fantastic Emirates Arena.

“Glaswegians are known for our enthusiasm and friendliness – and every competitor taking part in this event will get to experience that support for themselves.

“The competition is set to be incredible, and I personally can’t wait to cheer on the British Judo team. It’ll be really special to see so many of our young athletes competing in this championship, starting their journey to Tokyo 2020.”    

Tickets are available from as little as £2.50 and all tickets grant you access to both sessions of judo