PLYMSTOCK School judo star Max Gregory has been rewarded for a successful year by earning selection to attend a GB Futures Camp in Tokyo.
Gregory, the current -90kg British cadet champion, has been picked by the British Judo Association (BJA) as one of just 12 young athletes from around the country to fly out to Japan in October.
The South Brent Judo Club youngster’s selection comes off the back of an impressive year which has seen him represent England at Cadet Cups throughout Europe and GB at the European Championships held in Sarajevo.
The Japan camp, which will run from October 17 to October 27, forms part of the GB cadet strategy and is aligned to the BJA’s technical development framework. This focuses on the helping the country’s top young athletes fight with effective technique which they can then transfer into senior competition.
The camp, which is not only taking place in the ‘home’ of world judo but also the next Olympic host city, is designed to challenge athletes physically and mentally.
Gregory is no stranger to training abroad having recently returned from a camp in Lignano, Italy, which he attended with a selected group of England squad members. He will also be flying out to Strasbourg as part of the GB heavyweight programme for five days training from October 4.
His busy period of international training camps will finish with his exciting and well deserved trip to Tokyo.
The Plymstock School sixth former and his younger sister, Cordelia, recently received some much-needed funding from the Devonport Royal Dockyard Sports and Social Club.
The donation will aide them both in their judo aspirations for the next year.
Cordelia, who is also on the England squad, is currently Britain’s number one ranked cadet judoka in her weight and also ranked 19th as a senior. She hopes to join her brother in the GB squad in 2019.