Judo star Amie makes it on to GB squad ladder

Amie McMurray and Simon Ward

Amie McMurray and Simon Ward - Credit: Kingsley School

It has been a tough challenging 18 months for Bideford based Judoka, 16-Year-Old Amie McMurray, who is a team member with Kingsley School Judo Club, but she is now able to celebrate a fantastic achievement with selection in the Great Britain Judo Performance Pathway ETD Squad. 

Amie’s first Competition was in September, some 18 months since she last competed at the Scottish Open where she won a Silver medal in March 2020. 

Amie finished fifth at the English Closed Championships in London and followed that performance by winning a Bronze at the C2 International also in London a month later. She then successfully won another Bronze at the Welsh Open in Cardiff. 

These results brought her forward to last weekend’s British Cadet National Championships in Sheffield. 

The day started well, even though Amie was struggling to secure points from her throwing techniques, however her tactical experience and ground fighting skills were where she expertly picked up the results required to defeat her opponents as she battled through and qualified for the final. 

Amie went into her final against and old rival in Amelia Alder form Osaka Judo Club, the bout was exceptional with both girls producing a strong level of tactical and technical skills throughout the fight.  

The fight went into Golden Score overtime, and unfortunately Amie just got caught out on the edge of the fighting area and Amelia took advantage of the slight mistake to capitalise and score the points required to win the contest and leave Amie with a Silver Medal. 

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On reflection over the past 5 months, Amie’s incredible Journey involved coming back from the Pandemic, being dropped from a National programme, and then finding the strength to fight back to finish the year ranked number 2 in Great Britain.  

She regained her England Talent Development Squad Place for the 2022 season, which will see potential selection onto trips to the European Cadet Tour Circuit and further opportunities which could start with the Spanish European Cadets Tournament in February and finish with selection to the European Youth Olympics out in Slovakia in July. 

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