Danny is prepared to floor the competition

Published: 21 July 2014 at 15:38

Anglia Ruskin student gets late call-up to fight in Commonwealth Games

Anglia Ruskin University student Danny Williams is in Glasgow after being called up to the England Judo team for the Commonwealth Games.

Camberley-based Danny, 25, is a late replacement following injury to Ben Fletcher, and is looking forward to competing at his first Commonwealth Games, having been part of Team GB at the Olympic Games in 2012. He will compete in the U73kg category and will fight on Friday (25 July).

Danny, originally from Shrewsbury, said:

“I found out about a week ago that there was a good chance I would be in the squad, but I only knew for definite on Saturday. Everyone else has gone through a good few months of preparation for this, but I’m always confident and I feel ready to fight.
“I’ve never competed at the Commonwealth Games before so it will be something new, but the experience of a multi-sport event at the Olympics two years ago will help.”

Danny is in the third year of a BSc (Hons) in Sports Coaching at Anglia Ruskin, which is judo-specific and endorsed by the European Judo Union. He also benefits from Anglia Ruskin’s Sport Scholarship programme, which provides a support package tailored to each individual sportsperson. He trains full-time at Camberley Judo Club and also coaches youngsters in the sport.

Danny added:

“Anglia Ruskin has been very supportive. I am on the scholarship programme and, as I am unfunded, that money goes towards training in Japan for a month at the end of the year, which is vital for my preparation.”

Martin Beaver, Head of Sport and Active Anglia, said:

“We’re delighted to hear that Danny has been selected for the England Judo team. Danny is one of our 43 sports scholars and we are always very proud when they meet their demanding targets and have an opportunity to perform on the highest stage.
“All of Anglia Ruskin University will be watching his performance with interest and I am sure he will represent his country well.”