GB Judoka Sarah is from South Shields and took up judo because many of the boys in her class practised the sport and she wanted to as well.  

Sarah moved to Edinburgh at 18 years of age to train as a full-time athlete and went on to compete for Great Britain for 18 years. She has now been involved in judo for over 30 years.

Sarah is a three-time Olympian and is one of Britain’s most recognisable judokas. She has built a strong reputation based on her many successes in international competition, for example winning three European medals and winning the continental title in 2006, a much sought-after accolade.

She competed at the Athens Olympics in 2004, the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and the London 2012 Olympics and is currently a 5th Dan black belt.

Giving Back

Sarah has found working on the Trust’s Young People Programmes, very rewarding - no two days are the same! Sarah’s love of working with young people continues to grow and she constantly strives to find new ways to challenge and focus young people.

In 2015 Sarah led our first ever Get on Track programme in Scotland, where she mentored 16 to 25-year-olds who are not in employment, education or training, improving their confidence and skills making them more employable. She has also delivered various On Track to Achieve programmes in rural Scottish areas and continues to be heavily involved in Trust programmes throughout Scotland.

Competitive record

3 x GB Olympian

12 x British Champion

2014 Commonwealth Games Gold medallist

2011 European Championship 5th place

2009 European Championship Silver medallist

2006 European Championship Gold medallist

2004 European Championship Bronze medallist

2002 Commonwealth Games Silver medallist