Junior World Champion Jack Hodgson made his Paralympic debut in Rio.

Growing up on an RAF camp, judo and ballet were the two sports club on offer to Jack. After a few weeks it became apparent that judo was the sport for him, and he’s never looked back.

Jack started training full-time at the British Judo Centre of Excellence in September 2015. He now lives and trains onsite with judoka from both the Olympic and the Paralympic programme and has recently started studying Sports Coaching Practice at the University of Wolverhampton.

Jack had a very successful 2015, winning medals in each of the major events that fought in. His career high so far is the silver medal that he won at the 2015 World Games in Korea as well as a bronze at the European Championships later that year.

Sport runs in the family, as Jack’s brother is also a member of the Grimsby Judo club and competes at national standard.