18 year old Judo champion Phoebe Digweed from East Garston selected for GB senior squad

December 2022 News 

The past couple of years for Phoebe have been rather manic and very full on.

During the pandemic as you can imagine all training and competitions were curtailed. This was made a lot easier with East Garston Village Hall allowing Phoebe to train there (thank you Ed James).

Things started to come back to normality in the later part of 2021. 

During this period Phoebe maintained her place on the England squad and she travelled to Portugal, Croatia, Spain and the Netherlands for international training camps.

In 2022, international junior competitions were allowed in very limited numbers so in March 2022 Phoebe travelled to Athens for her first world ranking event. Strict Covid protocols were in place and unfortunately she had contracted Covid when arriving in Athens so was unable to compete.

An international training camp was then planned for Kosovo in the newly opened national judo centre with a number of Croatian and Kosovon Olympic medallists attending.

Phoebe then attended the Romanian junior European cup finishing a very creditable 5th place putting her 85th in the world rankings.

The end of 2022 for Phoebe has been exceptional. She competed at British nationals in the under 21s junior competition where she made a mistake in the semi final and finished in 5th place.

But this disappointment was soon forgotten when she competed in the senior competition and had an amazing day finishing with a bronze medal.

With this result she has earned herself a place on the Great Britain senior squad. This will open a number of doors for her.

The GB squad programme aims to compliment her home nation’s programme in order to prepare her for progression up the GB World Class Performance Pathway, with the ultimate goal of winning senior European & World Championships, and Olympic Games.

Once again thanks to Penny Post for your support and to East Garston Amenities for their kind donation of £500 in 2019. It really is greatly appreciated.

November 2019 News 

The past couple of months have been really exciting for Phoebe who is a judo competitor for England.
At September’s Commonwealths she finished 5th losing out in the Bronze medal fight to Ritu Ritu the Indian National Champion.
Phoebe then attended the Welsh Junior Open Championships (U21) Phoebe won through her group and faced a semi final against 19 Year old Jessica Sanfey who just managed to beat Phoebe in a tense fight. So she came away with a Bronze medal but more importantly this performance has now placed Phoebe in 7th place in the Junior Rankings GB.
Phoebe was then selected for her 1st World Ranking competition in Slovenia.
Phoebe won her 1st fight against the Italian Angelic Dematte, Phoebe then fought world no 51 Rozman from Slovenia who phoebe lost to.  she then fought The Latvian Mergen who phoebe beat then she lost to world no 46 Bubic from Germany meaning she finished 9th. This excellent first World  Ranking event has placed Phoebe in position no 149 in The IJF world rankings.
Phoebe then fought in the Welsh Open for cadets a GB ranking event for u18s winning through to final to fight the GB no 1 Isobel Kitchen, unfortunately phoebe lost meaning she came away with Silver and increasing her GB ranking to No3.
In the meantime Phoebe has been nominated for a Sportsaid Award from the British Judo Association which we will know more about next year.

About Phoebe

Phoebe lives in East Garston and goes to John O’Gaunt School in Hungerford and is three times British School Judo Champion. She trains at the Newbury Judo Club and competes in the UK and Europe. She’s recently returned from the 45th International Judo Tournament venray in Holland where she was ranked 9th out of a tough field of 30 competitors from around the world.

Phoebe is supported by her mother Sarah Digweed who was herself National Junior Champion in 1989 aged 16, Senior Silver Medalist in 1990 and gained a place on the British Womens squad but retired soon after through a knee injury and took up coaching. She made another come back winning the British masters in September 2013 and in September 2014 Sarah became World Masters Champion.

Listen to our interview (from 30 minutes) with Phoebe and Sarah on 4LEGS Radio 


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