Celebrating the women and girls of Court Lane Judo Club

This International Women’s Day, we like to take a moment to reflect on how many great women and girls have graced the mats of Court Lane Judo Club.

We were lucky that from the very beginning we had a female coach, Jill Brown, who has recently returned to the club after taking a break.

Jill was vital in many of the club’s early successes, and was shortlisted for The News Sportscoach of the Year.

Many of our female players have achieved great things too – here are just a few names from our ladies’ rollcall of honour:

  • Kate Borland
  • Sophie Read
  • Tiffany Caswell
  • Louise Growse
  • Sophie Dolman
  • Sarah Carr
  • Maddi Cox
  • Jess Oakden
  • Isla Savellis-Fry
  • Chloe Lymer

We have also been lucky enough to attract some of the country’s top female players, all Olympions, to the club to run sessions for us:

  • Kate Howey MBE
  • Sophie Cox
  • Nekoda Davis

Prior to closing our doors due to the Covid pandemic, we had one of the highest ratio of female to male players in the BJA.

Girls, we salute you and hope to see you all back on the mat soon.

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