18 August 2014
PRESS RELEASE: Fighting to create a performance culture
Having won multiple European and World Championship medals and titles at World Cups and Grand Slams across the globe I could not have imagined a more fantastic end to my competitive career than leading my nation out, carrying the saltire, in front of a home crowd and going on to deliver the Commonwealth Gold at a packed and passionate Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
With my retirement as a competing Judoka, what excites me most is that I can now be instrumental in creating an environment for athletes that allows them to perform consistently at the highest levels. I know through work I have done with other sports organisations and businesses that this is not a cultural focus which is exclusive to judo, but transferable regardless of sport. I am eager to continue to develop my involvement with other sports bodies and with business. However in the immediate future I am delighted to be directing my attention towards the elite athletes within the judo community.
In addition to my personal experience in Glasgow I am enormously proud of the athletes from Team Scotland and Team England who I was involved in coaching who all went on to gain medals.
I am looking forward to helping those athletes, and many more, achieve their potential on the world stage in my role as a High Performance Coach for the SportScotland Institute of Sport. It is an exciting time for Scottish and British sport and with the 2016 Rio Olympic Games on the immediate horizon and the 2020 Tokyo Games returning Olympic judo to its homeland I am delighted to be involved in preparing the champions of the future.
If I could fight forever, perhaps I would. However the hair is getting greyer, the muscles sorer and it is now time to leave the winning of medals to those younger and stronger than myself.
I hope I will get time to individually thank all of those who have helped and supported me throughout my career personally. For now can I just say to my coaches, training partners, competitors, sponsors, friends and most importantly my family. Thank you so very much. I look forward to my continued involvement in sport after retirement from competition with great anticipation and enormous enthusiasm.
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