The recipients of our grants are all dedicated to either participating in sport at a high level or to providing opportunities for young people to participate in sport.

2018 Lily Harding
Lily Harding

Sport

Judo

Achievements to date

  • 2018 - Gold at the National Teams Championships in Cardiff
  • 2018 - Gold at the Kent International
  • 2018 - Gold at the Northern Ireland Open

My name is Lily Harding, I am 14 and in Year 10. I love sport and spent many years as a gymnast, competing at county level. My transition from gymnastics to judo took place a few years ago. It became obvious that my talent was judo biased, therefore I decided to focus on judo. I quite rapidly started to achieve area results then went on to achieve national results, under the guidance of my Olympic coach, Chris Bowles at Tonbridge Judo Club.

I love the travelling that my judo involves, I have had the opportunity to train with other National squads from France, Belguim and Holland which encourages me to strive and work even harder. I enjoy learning about the different cultures in the countries I visit.

Most memorable sporting achievement to date

My most memorable achievement was winning first place at the Northern Ireland open whilst beating members of the national squad. This was a notable win as it was my first gold at a national ranking event.

Biggest sporting disappointment to date

My biggest disappointment was being injured just before a major tournament having has all the expectation of competing at a high level. This did help me learn to readjust and has given me a stronger mindset.

Most respected sportsperson

My most respected sportsperson is Kayla Harrison, double Olympic Champion judoka.

Ritual before sporting competition

Before each competition I make sure I am warmed up well. Before each fight I make sure my mind is focused on each fight, one at a time.

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