17 set for 2022 European Championships

British Judo are pleased to announce the fighters selected during the final stage selections for the European Championships due to take place in Sofia, Bulgaria from 29th April – 1st May.

Eight fighters join the nine that were selected during the first wave selections in February.

Ashley McKenzie joins Sam Hall in the -60kg category. Three-time Olympian McKenzie is a double European Championship bronze medallist, the last coming at the 2018 Championships in Tel Aviv.

Acelya Toprak joins the 7 female fighters selected in stage one. Toprak, who won silver at the Junior European Championships in 2017, enjoyed a great end to 2021 wining gold at the Dubrovnik European Cup before taking bronze at the Malaga European Open and a 5th place finish at the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam.

At the age of 33, Gregg Varey makes his European Championship debut in the -66kg category alongside another debutant Alexander Short. Short won gold at the Dubrovnik European Cup in October whilst Welsh judoka Varey was crowned British Champion in 2021.

Another fighter making their senior European Championship debut is Daniel Powell. Powell is a European U23 Championship bronze medallist and claimed silver at the Sarajevo European Open in September.

Stuart McWatt joins Lachlan Moorhead in the -81kg category. After finishing 7th at the European Games in 2019, McWatt makes a welcome return to the GB Judo team after injury ended his hopes of qualifying for the Tokyo Olympic Games.

Jamal Petgrave makes his second senior European Championship appearance. The -90kg fighter who has medalled at Junior and U23 European Championships won gold at the Dubrovnik European Cup in October.

Rhys Thompson won GB Judo’s first medal of 2022, taking bronze at the Sarajevo European Open in February. Thompson, who made his Grand Slam debut this weekend in Antalya, will make his European Championship debut in Sofia.

Also representing GB Judo is Lisa Rivers, who has been selected as a referee, meaning she has now been selected to referee at Cadet, Junior, Masters and now Senior European Championships.

MEN Fighter Women Fighter
-60kg Sam Hall -52kg Chelsie Giles
-60kg Ashley McKenzie -57kg Acelya Toprak
-60kg (RESERVE) Dylan Munro* -63kg Lucy Renshall
-66kg Gregg Varey -63kg Gemma Howell
-66kg Alex Short -70kg Kelly Petersen-Pollard
-73kg Daniel Powell -70kg Jemima Yeats-Brown
-81kg Stuart McWatt -78kg Natalie Powell
-81kg Lachlan Moorhead -78kg Emma Reid
-90kg Jamal Petgrave
-100kg Rhys Thompson

*Dylan Munro selected as a reserve