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Ebonnie Bridges

Judo

Ebonnie made the England Judo Squad, Competed for GB at European cups in Spain and Germany and Represented England at the Sainsbury's school games. As well as winning gold in her first senior competition.

What are your targets for 2017 and beyond?

This is my first year in the junior squad and I would like to medal on the ranking circuit in both junior and senior competitions to improve my ranking positions.  I would like to qualify for the GB junior squad later on this year.

What is the biggest challenge you have faced in your sport? How did you overcome it?

One of my challenges was at 13 years old I was diagnosed with Coeliacs disease which means I cannot eat anything containing Gluten.  This was hard as a teenager as I had to suddenly change my diet and in a weight based sport I had to rethink all my food.  Family and my friends were all very supportive and I had to try new produce and work out what was then best for me.

What is your favourite sporting moment, either as a participant of spectator and why?

Qualifying for the Senior British Championships in 2016 and being in the same competition as current judo Olympians.

What are your top tips for aspiring athletes?

Work hard and never give up on your dreams.  Even when the training gets hard work through it as you will have a sense of achievement at the end.

Who is your sporting hero and why do they inspire you?

Jonnie Peacock- overcame physical boundaries to achieve Paralympic glory.

Who has most influenced your success and how have they done so?

My mum has influenced me most as she is my coach and mentor.  She has given me support in good times and the bad.

How has the Hampshire Talented Athlete Scheme helped you with your sport?

HTAS has helped me as it has funded over the last couple of years my special regulation judo kits and has helped towards me entering international European Cups

The free gym membership has helped as I can keep fit and use for strength and conditioning.

Which 3 words best describe you?

Determined, Positive, Competitive.

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