Belfast Telegraph

Belfast athlete called up to Team GB squad after claiming silver at British Judo Championships

James Reid has been called up to the senior Great Britain judo squad after winning a silver medal at the British Championships.

Competing at the under 90kg weight at Sheffield's English Sports Institute, Reid had to win five matches to make the final before narrowly losing out on the gold medal to Frazer Chamberlin.

Reid, who trains with the Simply Judo club in Belfast, now has the perfect opportunity to reach the next level, according to his coach.

“This is a result that marks his progression towards his ultimate goal of a Commonwealth Games medal in Birmingham 2022,” said Northern Ireland Judo Federation's lead coach and former Olympian Ciaran Ward.

“In 2019 James can now represent Great Britain at senior level on the IJF World Tour giving him the opportunity to progress to the next level of international Judo.

“James and his NIPP colleagues participated in one of the World’s toughest training camps in Japan for two weeks to ensure he was in the best possible shape for this year’s British Championships. This was James’ target event for 2018 and he has done well to make the transition so quickly from Junior (U21) where he also won a silver medal two years ago, to the Senior GB Men’s Team.”

Reid is supported by Sport Northern Ireland’s Sporting Winners programme.

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