11 fighters set for Udine European Junior Cup

This week the European Junior Cup heads to Udine, Italy, with over 360 Junior fighters from 33 nations competing across the two-day competition starting tomorrow morning.

Both British Judo and England Judo have travelled out to Udine to compete with eleven fighters in action over the two-day competition.

Wednesday 11th

Samuel Eaton makes his international junior debut in the -60kg competition. Eaton has competed internationally at European Cup level before, when he fought at Fuengirola as a cadet last year.

Charlie Young is joined by Finlay Allan and Cameron Foster in the -66kg competition. Young has competed at the Prague and Bucharest European Junior Cups already this year.

Allan enters after finishing 7th at the Coimbra Junior European Cup last month, whilst Foster makes his Junior European Cup debut.

Ethan Nairne, Harry Cox and Harry Le Mare all compete in the -73kg category. Despite this being Nairne’s Junior European Cup debut, he has plenty of experience at the younger age group having represented British Judo at the Cadet European Championships and Team GB at the European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF).

Cox also makes his Junior European Cup debut having stepped up from the cadet ranks this year. Udine will be Le Mare’s second Junior European Cup having competed in Pozan in 2019.

Competing in the -81kg category, David Somerville is another making his Junior European Cup debut after moving up from the cadet age group this year.

Thursday 12th

Sian Bobrowska (pictured) and Tatum Keen both compete in the -52kg category. Bobrowska has recently stepped up to the -52kg weight category having previously competed at -48kg. She claimed bronze at the Paks Junior European Cup in 2019 before representing British Judo at World and European Junior Championships. Bobrowska has claimed multiple European Cup medals over the years at both Cadet and Junior age groups.

Keen has vast experience at cadet level having competed at two European Championships and the EYOF, where she was flag bearer for Team GB at the opening ceremony before finishing 5th.

Ryan Rijksen-Salman is the only male competing on the second day and fights in the -90kg category. Rijksen-Salman has experience of competing at Cadet European Championships and the EYOF. This will be Rijksen-Salman’s first Junior European Cup.

The draw is made online at 7pm (BST) this evening.

Action gets underway at 8am (BST) with Final Block to follow on afterwards on both days of competition.