Olympic Stirling student wins second BUCS judo championship

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University of Stirling student Gabriella Wood has won the BUCS judo championship for a second year in a row, winning all four of her fights to secure gold. 

“There was a bit of pressure going in because I knew winning it twice back to back would be big for the university but I kept a level head,” said Wood.

“The plan going in was to do the exact same thing for every match, it’s a setup. I’ve trained more times than I can count, get my strong overhand right grip, walk my opponent to the left and throw with my favourite hip technique for a full score”

Wood has previously competed on the international stage in both the 2022 Commonwealth Games, and at Tokyo 2020 for Trinidad and Tobago, being the first woman to represent the country in Judo at an Olympics.

However, the third-year sports studies student is not done yet.

She said: “I’ve got the Tbilisi Grand Slam in Georgia to continue my qualification for my second Olympics in Paris 2024.”

Featured Image Credit: Gabriella Wood

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