Sarah has been involved in judo since she was 9 when she went to her first session with some of the boys in her class. As a child, she played a range of sports – from skateboarding and running to swimming and football – but judo was her passion from a young age and she was instantly hooked from the moment she tried it. At 15, Sarah became junior British Champion, and was selected for Team GB to compete at the junior World and European Championships 3 years later.
Her career progression slowed down at this point which led to some challenging times, but her hard work and good attitude paid off in 2004 when she started to win international medals and qualified for the Olympics in Athens. Until proving herself on this stage, Sarah had been written off. She wasn’t funded, meaning she had to work alongside her intensive training and travel schedule. Her greatest achievements were becoming European Champion in 2006 and, eight years later, winning gold in front of a home crowd at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, which would also prove to be her last international competition. She is now an Athlete Mentor and does a lot of public speaking, where she stresses the importance of commitment, perseverance and determination when striving to be the best you can be.
- Triple Olympian
- Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist
- European Champion.