GB Judo have announced an eight-strong team for the 2018 IBSA World Judo Championships in Odivelas, Portugal from 16 – 18 November.
The team includes five judoka with Paralympic Games experience: Natalie Greenhough (-70kg), Daniel Powell (-81kg), Chris Skelley (-100kg), Jack Hodgson (+100kg) and two-time Paralympic medallist Sam Ingram (-100kg).
Connah Anders (-66kg), Evan Molloy (-73kg) and Elliot Stewart (-90kg) will be making their IBSA World Judo Championships debuts in Odivelas.
The Championships in Odivelas is also one of the first events on the IBSA Judo calendar that goes towards qualification for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
Ingram and Skelley will both be looking to back up some impressive results over the last 12 – 18 months.
Skelley is the current IBSA European Champion and has won silver at the Tashkent and Atyrau IBSA Judo World Cups.
Ingram, who has moved up from -90kg, has shown his class at the higher weight with gold in Tashkent last year and silver at the Antayla IBSA Judo World Cup in April of this year.
Stewart, son of 1988 Olympic judo bronze medallist Dennis Stewart, has only been fighting at international VI Judo level since August 2017 but has already won bronze medals at the Tashkent and Antalya World Cups.
His brother Max is also a high-level judoka and is looking to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
Powell is fighting at his first major championships since the London 2012 Paralympics. His father Terry Powell is a former two-time Paralympic medallist.
Greenhough and Hogdson have continued to medal during this cycle with bronze at the IBSA Europeans bronze and Tashkent World Cup silver to their names respectively. Both will be looking to win their first World Championships medals in Portugal
For Anders and Molloy, this event represents another opportunity to develop against the best judoka in their weights.
|Natalie Greenhough||-70kg||Kin Ryu Judo Club|
|Connah Anders||-66kg||Worcester Judo Club 83|
|Evan Molloy||-73kg||Devizes Judo Club|
|Elliot Stewart||-90kg||Stewart Judo Academy|
|Sam Ingram||-100kg||Coventry/Edinburgh Judo Club|
|Chris Skelley||-100kg||Haltemprice Judo Club|
|Jack Hodgson||+100kg||Grimsby Judo Club|
Picture courtesy of the British Judo Association, with thanks.