I first started Judo when I was a junior, aged 14 and have retained an interest in the sport ever since.

Although I stopped training during my 20’s and 30’s, when my children decided to take up the sport, I thought – ‘I can still do that’, so at 38 years of age I decided to restart my Judo career.

I progressed through the various grades, until at the young age of 48 years; I obtained sufficient competition points to be awarded my ‘Black Belt’. (Age is not an excuse).

Although I am still training in order that I can get my 2nd Dan I decided a few years ago that it was time to give something back to the sport, so I started to attend various coaching courses in order that I would be properly qualified to teach Judo.

I am Level 2 UKCC Coach with the BJA. I am First Aid Qualified, I have also been on ‘Safeguarding Children’ courses, and I hold a current DBS check.