Athletes Our athletes Chloe Cowen Chloe began judo at the age of nine, following her brother to a local club in her hometown of Blyth, Northumberland. After rapidly working her way through to competitive judo, Chloe went on to compete at World level at a young age and consistently achieved international success throughout her career. Her first senior debut was at the 1990 European Championships in Frankfurt at 16 years old where she achieved 7th place. Being a single mother at the age of 17 was not the easiest scenario for a judo champion, but Chloe consistently defied expectations and went on to win five Senior European medals. Chloe broke a bone in her foot at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, an injury that eventually led to her enforced early departure from international Judo in 2001. Following Chloe’s retirement from competition she has been a support coach to the British Judo Team and now works as a Judo Technical Officer for British Judo, based in the North East of England.