British Judo selects six-strong team for European u23 Championships

British Judo has selected a six-strong team to compete at the 2012 u23 European Championships from 16-18 November in Prague, Czech Republic.

Junior Young Player of the Year Nekoda Davis, 19, who has won three senior European Cup medals this year, will compete in the -57kg category.

The Ealing Judo Club youngster has won gold at the English Junior Open, Junior British Trials, two Junior European Cups and the British Championships.  

Sweden European Cup bronze medallist Amy Livesey, 18, battles in the -70kg category.

The SKK teenager has topped the medal rostrum this year at the u20 Dutch Open, Junior British Trials, u20 Austria Creative Tournament and British Championships.

2011 Junior world bronze medallist Ben Fletcher, 20, who took bronze at the Serbia European Cup in October at -100kg, will continue to campaign in the heavier category in the Czech Republic. 

Finland European Cup bronze medallist Jodie Mullen, 21, will fight in the -63kg field.

The Judo Scotland talent is the reigning Welsh Open champion and took seventh-place last time out at the Serbia European Cup. 

Argentina World Cup bronze medallist Lewis Keeble, 21, sees action in the -66kg category.

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix silver medallist Natalie Powell, 22, competes in the -78kg category.

Welsh Judo star Powell has enjoyed a breakout year on the international stage with World Cup, European Cup and Grand Prix silverware to add to her domestic victories at the British Trials and Commonwealth Championships.  

u23 European Championships debutant Nekoda Davis, who competes on Friday, said: “The u23’s was always a target for the end of this year’s plan and it is fantastic to have met this target.

“I am looking to perform well as a platform from which to jump into 2013’s senior calendar. I’m looking forward to fighting in Prague and know I have the full support of all my teammates at Ealing Judo Club and my coach Jo, who have all helped me prepare for this prestigious event.”

Royal Air Force judoka Lewis Keeble, who also competes on Friday, said: “After completing my promotion course, to become a Lance Corporal, I’ve only had fove weeks to prepare for the u23.

“In the short time I have had to ready myself for the event, I feel that with my coach, Darren Warner, we have done everything possible to give me the best chance of a medal.”

Full team:




Home Country

Under 57kg

Nekoda Smythe-Davis



Under 63kg

Jodie Mullen



Under 70kg

Amy Livesey



Under 78kg

Natalie Powell



Under 66kg

Lewis Keeble

Tamar / RAF


Under 100kg

Ben Fletcher





Friday 16.11.2012

Women: -48 / -52 / -57 kg

Men: -60 / -66 kg

10:00 Start preliminaries

15:30 Final block


Saturday 17.11.2012

Women: – 63 / – 70 kg

Men: – 73 / – 81 kg

10:00 Preliminaries

15:00 Opening Ceremony

15:30 Final block


Sunday 18.11.2012

Women: -78 / +78 kg

Men: -90 / -100 / +100 kg

10:00 Preliminaries

15:30 Final block