The Final Block: A British Judo podcast

GB Judo’s Stuart McWatt welcomes an exciting range of guests from the world of judo. Join us as we bring you expert knowledge and insight straight off the mat

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With the iconic Paris Grand Slam returning this weekend, we speak to past, present and future GB Judo fighters about their experience of competing at the renowned competition.

Dennis Stewart recalls both competing and coaching in Paris whilst Gemma Howell won bronze at the last Paris Grand Slam back in 2020 and Kelly Petersen-Pollard makes her Paris debut this weekend following a string of impressive performances on the IJF World Tour circuit this year.

Tokyo 2020 Olympic bronze medallist Chelsie Giles, who was Team GB’s first medallist at the Games, joins Paralympic champion Chris Skelley and silver medallist Elliot Stewart to talk all things Tokyo and discuss their experiences at what will go down as one of the most anticipated Olympic and Paralympic Games in history following the 12-month delay

Chris and Denny are joined by two members of our medical team, Chief Medical Officer Dr Jo Banks and Paralympic Programme legend John Prescott. Jo and John discuss their favourite moments of being involved with British Judo and what it is like to be working on the front line, battling the Covid-19 pandemic

We are joined by 2x Olympic silver medallist, 1981 World Champion and 5x European Champion, the voice of judo, Neil Adams MBE. In this open and honest podcast, Neil discusses his career highs and the difficult lows as he initially struggled to make the transition from world class athlete to coach. This is a must listen for any judo fan!

British Judo Elite Development coach and 2x European medallist Colin Oates joins us for this episode. Colin discusses his career, giving great insight into his final year as an elite athlete and what it is like to both compete and coach in European finals.

Kate Howey is a name synonymous with British Judo. As an athlete, she’s one of our most decorated players; as a coach, she guided Gemma Gibbons to silver in London 2012 and Nekoda Davis to silver at the 2018 World Championships. Now, having settled into her new role as our Head Coach – overseeing our entire elite and junior programme – Howey is leading the troops into the final run before Tokyo 2020.

British Judo’s Elite Development Coach, Denny Roberts, discusses his coaching philosophy and recounts his involvement in helping Lachlan Moorhead to a European Junior bronze medal in 2019