Over the next few weeks as we build up to the 2016 Glasgow European Open we will be profiling British and International players from across the 14 weight categories

We get things started with the -48kgs, -52kgs and -60kgs.


Olivia Piechota

Age: 18

Best Result: Silver 2015 Coimbra Junior European Cup, Coimbra, Portugal

The Bromley judoka will be looking to make the step up in class at her first senior world ranking event in Glasgow. The 2015 British Judo Female Cadet Player of the Year has medal at both Junior and Cadet European level in the last few years

Priscilla Morand

priscilla morand

Age: 22

Best result: Bronze 2014 African Championships, Port Louis, Mauritius

Morand is the only Mauritius judoka entered into Glasgow and goes in as fourth seed. Morand is a two-time African Open medallist and as a Junior she medalled at a number of European Cups including golds at Tartu, Prague and Coimbra.


Kelly Edwards


Age: 25

Best result: 7th 2010 European Championships, Vienna, Austria and Silver 2014 Commonwealth Games, Glasgow, Scotland

Edwards had to give up her hopes of qualifying for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games due to concussion however she has returned with bronze medals at the Saarbrucken European Cup and Tallinn European Open. She has good history in Glasgow, winning silver at the Commonwealth Games two years ago.

Karolina Pienkowska

Karolina Pienkowska

Age: 23

Best result: Gold 2015 U23 European Championships, Bratislava, Slovakia

Top seed in the -52kg category, the Polish judoka is a former two-time Junior European Championships bronze medallist and had a successful career at Junior level. She won her first Grand Prix medal earlier this year in Budapest.


Neil MacDonald


Age: 19

Best result: Silver 2016 Junior European Championships, Malaga, Spain

The Glaswegian judoka will step on the mat as a Junior European Championships medallist after his recent efforts in Malaga. A two-time Cadet European medallist, MacDonald also competed in Glasgow last year losing a close fight to eventual champion Jeroen Mooren.

Tornike Tsjakadoea


Age: 19

Best result: Gold 2016 Junior European Championships, Malaga, Spain

Dutch judoka beat GB’s Neil MacDonald in Malaga and he will be hoping to bring that form to the mat in Glasgow. He was also a bronze medallist at the European Under-23s in Bratislava last year and the Cadet World Championships in 2013.

The 2016 Glasgow European Judo Open on 15th October 2016 at the Emirates Arena, Glasgow will be the British public’s first chance to watch some international judo after the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. 

Don’t miss your chance to watch some exciting judo action. Tickets for adults (£5) and children ( are still available.

For ticket orders of 11 tickets or more please contact 01413 538000