Judo: In-form Conway ready for European Championships

Gazette Series: Great Britain members Megan Fletcher, Natalie Powell and Sally Conway Great Britain members Megan Fletcher, Natalie Powell and Sally Conway

THORNBURY judoka Sally Conway insists she is in the form of her life ahead of the European Championships in Montpellier.

As one of Britain’s most accomplished female judoka, who is ranked ninth in the world and trains full-time in Scotland at the prestigious Ratho facility in Edinburgh, Conway was all smiles as she prepared for the important tournament.

The 26-year-old Olympian will be fighting in the -70kg category on Friday.

She said: “I’m feeling pretty excited. I’m fighting the best I have ever fought and anything can happen.

“I’ve never won a European, World or Olympic medal before so I am hoping to put in a good performance.

“I have been to a lot of Europeans now and the highest I have achieved is a seventh.”

Conway stressed the importance of the European Championships ahead of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow this summer.

She said: “This will also be the last event to seed us for the Commonwealths and then it is full steam ahead until Rio.”

Conway is part of a team of six from Great Britain, bolstered by more players for the team event.

She said: “We all know each other and this will be a great opportunity for us all. “Personally I love travelling and going to different places. It is really good to be going out to the Europeans as a team, even though I am only fighting in the individual event.”

Megan Fletcher, who taught at Chipping Sodbury School last year, is also part of the Great Britain squad.

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