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2017 Jacob Popplewell
Jacob Popplewell



Achievements to date

  • 2017 - UK School Games Individual Event – Silver
  • 2017 - UK School Games Team Event - Gold
  • 2017 - British Schools Championships – Gold
  • 2016 - British Schools Championships - Gold

My name is Jake Popplewell, and I have been doing judo since I was 7 years old and loved it from then on. I started off at my local club in Canterbury, but have since moved on and am now at Metro Judo Club. Despite having a strong passion for the sport it took me a long time to make it onto the Kent squad. Due to my weight I was always in large groups, and the County Championships was an U16 category which proved very challenging. In 2012, aged 11, I won a silver securing my place on the Kent squad which I have kept since. In 2016, I first made it onto the England squad (a feat I repeated in 2017) which had been a very hard journey as I would often find myself fighting in groups of about 30. In the September of 2016, I achieved my first Dan (black belt) which I was immensely proud of. In 2017, I was selected to represent England at the UK School Games at which I won silver in the individuals and gold in the team’s event. This is one of the proudest moments in my judo career as I won my first medal for my country.

Most memorable sporting achievement to date

Winning a silver for England at the UK School Games.

Biggest sporting disappointment to date

Not medalling at the Junior British Championships this year which was a requirement to make the England Squad, this however has made me more determined to regain my place.

Most respected sportsperson

Ilias Iliadis, whom I had the pleasure of being his uki in a masterclass he ran last year.

Ritual before sporting competition

Ensuring I get a good warm up.

Jacob Popplewell

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