17 GB judoka will be in action at the Oberwart European Open in Austria this weekend. Three Commonwealth Games Champions will be joined by a further three medallists from the Games, whilst there is also a welcome return to competition for Nekoda Smythe-Davis who competes for the first time since November 2019.
Two-time World Championship medallist Smythe-Davis (Coach: Jo Crowley; Club: Ealing JC) makes her return to competition in the -63kg category. A concussion injury followed by the birth of her daughter has resulted in her not competing for nearly 3 years.
Smythe-Davis will fight on the opening day alongside Commonwealth Games and European U23 Championship bronze medallist Amy Platten (Guy Platten; Redbridge JC) enters as 6th seed in the -48kg category. Prior to her Commonwealth Games success Platten won bronze at the Cluj-Napoca European Open.
Sian Bobrowska (Fitzroy Davies; Hardy Spicer 83) also picked up a bronze medal at the Cluj-Napoca European Open and will compete in the -52kg category.
Scottish judoka Malin Wilson (Javi Delgado; Asociación Judo Móstoles) and Josie Steele (Euan Burton; Highland Budokan) compete in the -57kg category. Wilson won bronze at the Commonwealth Games following a bronze medal contest victory against England’s Lele Nairne. Steele returns to competition following 11 months out with injury. Steele enjoyed a medal-laden junior career but has suffered an injury-hit last 3 years.
Josh Giles (Simon Moss; Coventry JC) enters as the highest ranked GB judoka in the -60kg category. Giles has picked up two medals on the European Tour this year – the most recent being silver at the Cluj-Napoca European Open.
Giles will be joined by Scottish judoka Dylan Munro (Billy Cusack; Edinburgh JC) who competes for the first time since his 7th place finish at the Commonwealth Games.
Following his 5th place finish at the Commonwealth Games, Alexander Short (Cusack; Edinburgh JC) is joined in the -66kg category by Madrid European Open bronze medallist Michael Fryer (Laurie Rush; Rush Judo).
Birmingham Commonwealth Games champion Daniel Powell will be joined by Eric Ham (Geoff Ham; Glossop JC) in the -73kg category. Ham enters as 7th seed following his bronze medal at the Cluj-Napoca European Open.
Three Commonwealth Games medallists will be in action on day 2 as -81kg Champion Lachlan Moorhead (Matt Moorhead; Sheffield JC) and -90kg Champion Jamal Petgrave (Andy Ede; Westcroft JC) are joined by -100kg bronze medallist, Rhys Thompson (George Hyslop; Enfield JC). Moorhead heads to Oberwart as 3rd seed.
In the +100kg, Andrew McWatt (Stuart McWatt; Garioch JC) competes for the first time following his 5th place finish at the Commonwealth Games and will be joined by Sarajevo European Open bronze medallist Wesley Greenidge (Hyslop; Enfield JC). Scott Cusack (Cusack; Edinburgh JC) joins Moorhead in the -81kg category. Cusack recently claimed bronze at the Winterthur European Cup.
Preliminary Round action will start at 9:00am on both Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th with Final Block to follow.