Next stop Abu Dhabi for British Judo team Back

October 30, 2014

Natalie PowellWednesday, 29 October, 2014 - 10:59am

The next stop for the International Judo Federation World Tour will be the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as Great Britain fields a strong team of Olympians and Commonwealth medallists at the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam, taking place between 31 October and 2 November.


The tournament carries 500 world ranking points for a gold medal; 300 for a silver and 100 for bronze. These points will help players climb the world ranking list and ultimately position themselves with a good chance of qualifying for Rio in 2016.


Interim lead men’s coach for Great Britain Jean-Paul Bell and GB lead women’s coach Kate Howey (MBE) will be leading the team into battle.


Natalie Powell (-78kg & right) who holds silver medals for 2012 and 2013 in Abu Dhabi will be looking to secure a third for a hat-trick or even better, another gold to follow up her performance in Astana of a few weeks back.


Natalie said: "I am really looking forward to competing in Abu Dhabi. This is the first time it's been a Grand Slam so there's more points on offer. I've had a good couple of results in my last competitions, so I am hoping to keep the momentum going."


Astana bronze medallist Nekoda Davis (left) is also looking forward to competing and is seeking another medal to add to her recent heroics in Kazakhstan.


Sally Conway and Megan Fletcher (both -70kg) are also in action, as is Sarah Adlington (+78kg).


Self-funding at the competition are Louise Renicks (-52kg), Stephanie Inglis (-57kg) and Jodie Mullen (-63kg).


Meanwhile, Ashley McKenzie (-60kg) and Colin Oates (-66kg) will be looking to add some qualification points to their portfolios and they are joined by Nathon Burns (-66kg), Owen Livesey (-81kg) and Gary Hall (-90kg) who are all self-funding at the event.


Jean Paul-Bell said: "The GB team are looking forward to the UAE Grand Slam and they took part in a light session this morning in the arena. The team fielded is a strong blend of experience and youth and they are up for the event and the Olympic qualification points on offer."


Words by Donna Richardson of the British Judo Association. & Judo Photos Unlimited (