1st Jul, 2022

JUDO - Coventry's Giles named in British Judo squad for European Championships

COVENTRY’s Chelsie Giles has been named as part of British Judo’s first stage selections for the European Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria in April.

Giles, who competes in the -52kg category, won bronze at the European Games in 2019 before going on to claim Olympic bronze in Tokyo last year.

The event in Sofia takes place from Friday, April 29 to Sunday, May 1 and acts as the first of three major championships to be held this year.

British Judo Performance Director Nigel Donohue said: “We are pleased to have selected nine fighters at the first stage selection for the 2022 Senior European Championships in what is the first of two major championships for our GB Judo senior team in 2022.

“Given that we have a number of fighters currently in strong positions in the world rankings that have a proven pedigree at this level, the European Championships is another opportunity to win a major championship medal as we prepare for the start of Paris Olympic Games qualification period which starts in June and the World Championships in October.

“I am expecting that, post Antalya Grand Slam in April, we will be in a position to select a number of additional fighters at the second stage selection across the Men and Women’s team, where we will be sending a strong Team to these Championships.”

Joining Giles in the British Judo squad are: Sam Hall, Lachlan Moorhead, Lucy Renshall, Gemma Howell, Kelly Petersen-Pollard, Jemima Yeats-Brown, Natalie Powell and Emma Reid.

The GB Judo team will be finalised during the final selection meeting that will take place on week commencing April 4.

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