Gold shows Judoka Danny has recipe for success

Published: 28 July 2014 at 15:33

Late call-up meant Anglia Ruskin student underwent strict diet to make weight

Danny Williams achieved an extraordinary Commonwealth Games gold medal following a punishing six-day weight loss programme.

If eating six tiny meals a day, almost completely devoid of carbohydrates, had taken its toll by the end of Friday, it did not show as he defeated Adrian Leat of New Zealand 10-0 on points to triumph in the U73kg category.

Danny had already seen off the challenge of Connor Ireland, Eoin Fleming and Jake Benstead on Friday before his final fight at 6.35pm.

Danny, who is in the third year of a BSc (Hons) in Sports Coaching at Anglia Ruskin, which is endorsed by the European Judo Union, won gold in Glasgow just six days after discovering he would be part of the England team.

The Camberley-based 25-year-old was a replacement for the injured Ben Fletcher and battled hard to lose the weight required to compete in his category.

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

“Everybody at Anglia Ruskin is extremely proud of Danny’s achievement and it is great to see somebody be rewarded for such hard work and commitment.
“We are extremely ambitious for all of our students and having people like Danny only helps inspire them to be the best that they can be.”

Danny is one of eight judoka on sports scholarships at Anglia Ruskin University, which offers full-time judo training alongside any course on the Cambridge campus. The scholarships provide a support package tailored to each individual.

Danny’s success builds on that of former social policy student Fran Williamson, who won a silver medal in the S3 women’s 50m backstroke bronze in the S3 woman’s 50m freestyle and at the Paralympic Games in Beijing in 2008.