Former Scottish and GB international player and coach, Richard Kenney received his OBE honour from The Princess Royal at an investiture held at the Palace of Holyrood House on 19th January. Richard was awarded his OBE in the 2020 Queen’s Birthday Honours List but because of Covid was unable to receive the award at that time. Richard, who is President of the Commonwealth Judo Association and Vice President of JudoScotland received his award for Services to Judo.

Richard currently holds the grade of 7th Dan and has a Judo CV to be proud of, travelling the world as a competitor has been followed by a lifetime of service to our sport as Richard currently holds the position of President of the Commonwealth Judo Association and is Vice President of JudoScotland. Richard has also held many high positions within local authorities and currently holds the positions of Vice-Chair and Chair for Scottish Club Sport and ClubSport Borders respectively.

Richard has attended many Commonwealth Games with Scotland and was appointed Olympic Team Manager for GB Athens 2004. He gives a lot of his time to sport in his local area but also finds time to support all of our coaching initiatives including masterclasses, clinics, grading’s, kata courses and is usually one of the first names on the list to attend the JudoScotland Gathering.

JudoScotland would like to send our heartfelt congratulations to Richard OBE on his tremendous achievement. We look forward to many more years on the tatami with Richard.