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Sally Conway

Judo

Fact File

Date of birth

1 February 1987

Sport

Judo

Club

British Team

Discipline

U70kg

Biography

Sally Conway is one of the best practitioners of ne-waza in her weight category and has beaten some of the best in the world over the last few years. The Scottish judoka made her Olympic debut at London 2012 and first got into the sport after her father took her and her brother along to a local club.

Sally created history by becoming the first Scottish Judoka to win an Olympic medal, when she won Bronze in the Womens Under 70kg in Rio.

Sally left home in Bristol, aged 18, to move to Edinburgh to follow her dreams, and work with coach Billy Cusack. Sally has won multiple IJF World Tour medals, which of her most memorable was her gold medal winning performance in Baku 2015, where with ten seconds to go she defeated World No.1, Kim Polling for Ippon. 

Sally is determined that her Judo success inspires the next generation of judoka. Fiercly competitive she has the respect of her peers and competitors, and this tied with her bubbly personality and enthusiasm for life, makes her an instant hit across the country. 

*Photo courtesy of Aaron Sims, The Gazette  

Achievements

2019
Bronze, World Championships
2019
Gold, Dusseldorf Grand Slam
2018
Bronze, European Championships
2018
Gold, Paris Grand Slam
2016
Rio 2016 Olympic Bronze Medallist, Paris Grand Slam Bronze Medallist
2015
Baku Grand Slam Champion, Jeju Grand Prix Champion
2014
Baku Grand Slam Silver Medallist, Glasgow European Open Champion
2013
Baku Grand Slam Bronze Medallist, Samsun Grand Prix Champion
2011
Apia World Cup Champion
"Sally was amazing, she was so bubbly, her talk was inspiring, she was very open and honest and that is what people like...along with her mind set on how to stay positive to get out there and win, also highlighting the importance of having a supportive team"
EDF Energy