Judo Jack selected for ParalympicsGB team in Rio

By Hayley Cook on February 16th, 2016 - comments

Jack Hodgson Judo Gainsborough 2Gainsborough athlete Jack Hodgson has been selected for the ParalympicsGB judo team to compete in Rio de Janeiro this year.

He is one of four athletes selected, and will represent Great Britain at the Paralympic Games in Brazil from 7-18 September 2016.

Jack said:

“I’m incredibly proud to be selected to ParalympicsGB for Rio 2016 and I’d like to thank everyone for their incredible support up to this point. This is a great moment for us to enjoy as athletes, particularly because we know how much work it’s taken to reach this point, but now we’ll return to training more focussed than ever on our preparations for the Games.” 

Jack, who suffers from Ushers Sydrome; a relatively rare genetic disorder which can cause hearing loss and visual impairment, will be hoping to emulate his success at the 2015 European Championships in which he won a bronze medal.

Penny Briscoe, ParalympicsGB Chef de Mission for Rio 2016, said:

“This is a very talented and committed group of athletes and I’m delighted to announce their selection to ParalympicsGB. I’m excited by their potential and by the competition that we can expect to see in Rio. I’d like to wish all of the athletes the very best of luck with their ongoing training and preparation.

“The inclusion of three new athletes pays tribute to the positive training environment created at the British Judo Centre of Excellence in Walsall and I’d like to commend the work led by Ian Johns to help develop British Judo’s program for VI athletes.”

Janet Inman, Chief Executive at Active Lincolnshire, said:

“We are very proud of our Lincolnshire athletes and would like to wish Jack good luck for the Paralympic Games this year. Local athletes competing on a national and international scale can really inspire others to take part in sport; either as an athlete, volunteer or coach, so we’ll certainly be keeping an eye on his progress – and hope that the rest of the county will be too!”

To follow Jack’s Paralympic journey, follow him on Twitter – @jackhodgsonjudo.