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.
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.
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.
|-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|
*Dylan Munro selected as a reserve