Karen Roberts appointed a team leader for Glasgow 2014

Judo Commonwealth Champion (2002) Karen Roberts has been appointed a team
leader for next summer’s Commonwealth Games.

Following consultation with the National Governing Bodies (NGBs) of each of the Games’ 18 sports, she joins other appointed leaders of their sport’s performance.

These ambassadors will act as the link between Commonwealth Games England (CGE) and their respective NGBs.

Karen is the British Judo’s BJA Performance Projects Manager.

In her athletic career she was Commonwealth – 63kg champion, winning a gold medal for England at the 2002 Games in Manchester.

The World bronze medallist also competed for Team GB at the Sydney 2000 Olympics and was part of the Team Management for their silver and bronze medal wins at London 2012.

All 18 team leaders are committed to England’s goals in Glasgow next year.

As part of the Programme, Team Leaders have already attended workshops in Burton-upon-Trent, home of the world-renowned coach development facilities at St. George’s Park. They also met competition managers and visited venues in Glasgow.


England’s 18 Team Leaders are as follows:

Athletics: Peter Stanley – Strategic Head of Coaching & Development, UK Athletics and

England Athletics

Badminton: Jens Grill – Performance Director, Badminton England

Boxing: John Hallam – Amateur Boxing Association of England

Cycling: Keith Reynolds – Major Events Logistics Manager, British Cycling.

Diving: Alexei Evangulov – National Performance Director, British Diving

Gymnastics: Mike Weinstock – English Gymnastics

Hockey: Danny Kerry – Performance Director, England Hockey

Judo: Karen Roberts – Performance Operations Manager, British Judo

Lawn Bowls: John Bell – World Bowls Regional Director for Europe and Bowls England

Performance Director

Netball: Sarah Gandon – Performance Operations Manager, England Netball

Rugby 7s: Nadine Cooke – England Sevens Operations Manager, Rugby Football Union

Shooting: Martyn White – Performance Manager, English Shooting

Squash: Louise Pickford – Coaching & Performance Programme Manager, England Squash &


Swimming: Dawn Peart – World Class Senior Team Manager, Great Britain, British Swimming

Table Tennis: Jon Pett – Head of Workforce Development & Performance Programme

Manager, English Table Tennis Association (ETTA).

Triathlon: James Taylor – Talent Programme Manager, England Triathlon

Weightlifting: Maggie Lynes – British Weightlifting

Wrestling: Shaun Morley – British Wrestling