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Royal Holloway student selected for GB World Cup

Posted on 09/09/2010

Fiona Jones will compete at the 2010 GB Judo World Cup

History undergraduate Fiona Jones, who is in her second year at Royal Holloway, University of London has been selected to compete at the 2010 GB Judo World Cup.

Fiona will be part of a 24-strong British women’s team that has been picked to compete in the event, being staged on October 2 and 3 at the British National Indoor Arena.

This year Fiona has already won a hard fought bronze medal at the senior European cup held in July in Istanbul. Like many other talented students at Royal Holloway, Fiona is supported by the Student Talented Athlete Recognition Scheme (STARS), which was established in 1996 to provide bursaries and academic support to assist student elite athletes during their studies and has so far supported four Olympians and Paralympians and more than 60 athletes with world and national rankings.

Fiona said, "I’m always proud to compete for Great Britain and my selection for the World Cup encourages me to continue to work hard to establish myself as a competitive senior fighter. Through the STARS programme I’ve been able to work with strength and conditioning coach Louise Howe and thanks to his support and encouragement gym work has now become an integral part of my overall training plan. My goal for this year is to target selection for the u23 European Championships in November."

Mark Hyndman, Sports Development Executive at the College says, “Fiona has progressed extremely well since joining Royal Holloway in September 2009. She has embraced her strength and conditioning programme, which has complemented her natural talent in Judo. She is a model student within the STARS programme and has proved this by been selected for the Senior GB Team.”

With less than two years to go to the London 2012 Olympic Games, the GB World Cup forms an important marker for the British team and is part of the new World Ranking system, announced by the International Judo Federation (IJF), which contributes to Olympic qualification and each individuals world standing.


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