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GB VI Programme

British Judo's renowned Visually Impaired (VI) programme is fast becoming a highly-coveted model for success in Paraympic judo. 

The squad are fully integrated with the fully sighted British squad as part of the World Class Performance Programme and they train together on a daily basis at the British Judo Centre of Excellence in Walsall. 

Britain has won eight Paralympic medals in judo and the country's reputation is in good hands with the current crop of world class VI judoka.

Since London 2012 Britain’s VI judoka have won a number of medals at both major World and European competitions with Sam Ingram retaining his European Championship title in 2013 before adding 2015 World Games silver and European Championship bronze to his sizeable medal collection.

Three newer members of the team in Jono Drane (-81kg), Chris Skelley (-100kg) and Jack Hodgson (+100kg) have also shown their class on the international stage in the last two years. Jono Drane took home an impressive World Championship bronze in 2014 while Hodgson and Skelley won silver and bronze respectively at the 2015 World Games.

Skelley’s bronze was especially impressive considering how he came back from dislocating his hip just six weeks prior. Both Skelley and Hodgson rounded off their 2015 with European Championship bronze medals in Portugal alongside Ingram.

Sporty and visually impaired or know someone who is? Tell them to try judo!

Did you know...

  • It’s a Paralympic Sport
  • It’s the same rules as Olympic Judo - you just start on the grip!
  • No classification needed to get started
  • Train with sighted players in any British Judo club
  • It’s great fun, develops fitness, discipline and confidence

To find out more check out our Guide to VI Judo here, it's the only one of its kind in judo

If you'd like to register on our talent database then email vijudo@britishjudo.org.uk