A Lancaster sports scientist is celebrating after winning gold at the British National Judo Championships competition just years after fearing she would never fight again.
Jayne Wright, who works at the sports centre at the Lancaster campus of the University of Cumbria, took up the sport when she was 9 years old.
Originally from Bacup, she studied sport and exercise science at the University of Cumbria graduating in 2010 and going on to work as activities coordinator and personal trainer.
“Three years ago I suffered a back injury and thought my days of competing were over,” Jayne said. But the 1st Dan, who’s also an army reservist, managed to battle back to fitness and has just celebrated her 25th year in the sport.
The British National Championships, held at the Welsh Institute of Sport, saw Jayne emerge triumphant in the women’s masters under 57kg category.
Spending up to ten hours a week training in Kendal and Bacup, Jayne is now preparing to represent the army at the German masters next month and will be competing at future events in the U.S. and Japan.