Talented Judoka Secures Scholarship to Compete in Holland

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A University of Worcester student has been awarded a scholarship to fund her participation at the Houvast Judo Tournament in the Netherlands this spring.

Alex Reeves, from Heath Hayes in Cannock, who is in the first year of her Education Studies course at the University, is aiming to add another medal to her collection when she jets off to compete next month.

The 21-year-old, who started practicing the sport sixteen years ago at a club managed by her father, is currently ranked fourth in Great Britain, having started competing at national competitions at the age of 14.

A member of the England Judo squad, Alex took home a silver medal from the British Senior Championships in January 2013, and was allocated a place on the 2013/2014 British Squad.

She was forced to give up this place due to recent ill health, but the University Scholarship now opens up new avenues for Alex to return to the top of the rankings again.

She says: “Hearing that I had been given the scholarship made me feel really happy and privileged. It means that I can now try and get back into the more competitive judo after my qualification for the Houvast Judo Tournament in Mierlo.

“I would love to be able to get this back up to my previous ranking position, and I think that the trip will be an invaluable experience. Judo in other countries can be different to here and I believe it is vital to keep competing against fresh faces.

“Having been off the scene since the summer, I want to go to a tough competition to make sure I do not get complacent with my fighting.”

Students can apply to the scholarship scheme at two points in the year (1st December and 1st March) for up to £1,000 towards voluntary work or activities, to pursue a particular interest, such as music or arts, or towards course-related activities.