British Judo WCPP for 2019/20

The British Judo Association, the National Governing Body for British Judo, has today (16th December) announced the Olympic and Paralympic athletes selected for its World Class Performance Programme (WCPP) for 2019 – 2020.

Funded by the National Lottery through UK Sport, WCPP selection is based upon a set of criteria including potential to medal at future Olympic and Paralympic Games, results in the past year, and expected professional behaviours of an Elite athlete.

Chelsie Giles (-52kg) has been promoted from Podium Potential to the Podium Programme following her bronze medal at the European Games and her 7th placed finish at the World Championships.

Four athletes will be supported through the Olympic and Paralympic Podium programmes.  There will also be 23 Olympic and Paralympic athletes on the respective Podium Potential programmes. All Podium and Podium Potential athletics receive an Athlete Performance Award (APA) to support their Judo programme.

In addition to this, ten athletes are being offered support as Programme athletes which is funded directly by British Judo.

Three athletes will also receive support from the WCPP through the WRL 16 Programme. Following a review after the World Judo Championships, five athletes met the criteria and three athletes have taken up a place on the WRL 16 Programme.

All athletes on the WCPP receive a Coach led Individual Athlete Plan (IAP) with agreed training and competition goals. They will also have access to BOA Medical insurance and are supported by a comprehensive Sports Science and Sports Medicine programme and services.

Athletes exiting off the WCPP will receive transitional APA support as well as identified programme support for up to four months, which is based on the number of years they have been a member of the British Judo World Class Performance Programme.

Nigel Donohue, British Judo Performance Director, said:

“It has been another fantastic year across our Olympic, Paralympic and EDS Programmes.” 

“There have been a number of standout performances including Sally Conway’s World Championship bronze medal, Alice Schlesinger’s silver and Chelsie Giles taking bronze at the European Games. In the EDS Programme Kelly Petersen-Pollard became world number 1 after being crowned European Junior Champion and Lachlan Moorhead and Yasmin Javadian both took bronze medals at those Championships. Yasmin also claimed bronze at the European U23 Championships too. Our Paralympic Programme continues to produce medals with Chris Skelley, Elliot Stewart and Jack Hodgson all winning bronze medals at the IBSA European Championships. Chris also became world number 1 earlier this year which is a fantastic achievement.”

“This is an exciting and talented group of athletes to be working with. I’d like to thank their clubs and the Home Nation Programmes for their continued support and for helping to bring through these judoka.

“It’s an exciting time in this cycle. There are 6 months left in qualification with a number of Olympic and Paralympic athletes in direct qualification positions with a focus on achieving top 8 qualification position”

“The British Judo Centre of Excellence recently celebrated its 6th birthday, and the consistency we are building now across both the Olympic and Paralympic Programmes at Junior and Senior level leading into Tokyo is testament to the GB performance system which bodes well for the Tokyo Games and beyond.”

Athletes on British Judo WCPP 2019 – 2020



Athlete Club Home Coach
Chelsie Giles Coventry Judo Club Simon Moss
Nekoda Smythe-Davis Ealing Judo Club Jo Crowley


Athlete Club Home Coach
Christopher Skelley Haltemprice Judo Club Jeff Brady
Elliot Stewart Stewart Judo Academy Dennis Stewart



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Eric Ham Glossop Judo Club Geoff Ham
Gemma Howell Wolverhampton Judo Club Bill Kelly
Yasmin Javadian Coventry Judo Club Simon Moss
Harry Lovell-Hewitt Stroud Judo Club Richard Neale
Amy Livesey S.K.K Judo Club Peter Blood
Bekky Livesey S.K.K Judo Club Peter Blood
Shelley Ludford Judo Club Osaka Adrian Dove
Lachlan Moorhead Sheffield Judo Club Matt Moorhead / Gordon Lambert
Stuart McWatt Garioch Judo Club Stuart McWatt Snr
Lele Nairne Bradley Stoke Judo Club Pete Douglas
Kelly Petersen-Pollard Hardy Spicer 83 Fitzroy Davies
Jamal Petgrave Westcroft Judo Club Andy Ede
Lubjana Piovesana Bishop Challoner RC School JC Phil Hudson
Dan Powell N/A N/A
Emma Reid Redbridge Judo Club Steve Sandy
Lucy Renshall S.K.K Judo Club Peter Blood
Max Stewart Stewart Judo Academy Dennis Stewart
Scott Thompson Danderhall Judo Club/Destination Judo Dave Reilly/Colin Woods
Acelya Toprak Metro Judo Club Mick Murphy
Jemima Yeats-Brown Ryecroft Judo Club Ian Oliver


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Jack Hodgson Grimsby Judo Club Terry Alltoft
Evan Molloy Devizes Judo Club N/A
Daniel Powell N/A N/A


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Connah Anders Worcester Judo Club 83 N/A
Oliver Barratt Dragons Judo Academy Stephen Abberley
Sian Bobrowska Hardy Spicer 83 Fitzroy Davies
Emily Cooper SKK Judo Club Peter Blood
Michael Fryer Rush Judo Club Laurie Rush
Mollie Game Camberley Judo Club Luke Preston
Wesley Greenidge Enfield Judo Club George Hyslop
Natalie Greenhough Kin Ryu Judo Club Lisa Harrison
Max Gregory Drake Judo Club Gary Gregory
Amy Platten Redbridge Judo Club Guy Platten

WRL 16

Athlete Home Club Home Coach
Sarah Adlington Edinburgh Judo Club Billy Cusack
Natalie Powell Irfon Judo Club Darren Warner
Alice Schlesinger N/A Pavel Musin