Sophie’s Judo Career

About Sophie Cox Judoka

I started judo a long time ago, when I was 6, at a small local club.

I recall doing lots of games and relay races and learning techniques by counting “1,2,3” for the different positions.

I moved to a more competitive club when I started doing more competitions and won my fist national medal when I was 11 (in the under 12s).

Judo Athlete

I went onto represent GB at cadet, junior and senior level with my best results being Top 8 in the Athens Olympics (quarter finals, representing Team GB at London 2012, bronze at the Commonwealth Games and 4 European medals, as well as 7 national titles (-57kg and -52kg).

I would not say it was ever smooth going but I had a great career, over a long period (minus a 5 year hiatus in Thailand!) and I am grateful for all the opportunities I’ve had to learn such a fascinating martial art and sport.

I still compete very occasionally at masters (veterans) level because I love travelling, learning and meeting new people as much as I like winning things!

Career Highlights

BJA 4th Dan, 1st Dan gained - 1997

  • 2 x Team GB, Athens 2004, London 2012
  • 7 x British Champion (last in 2013)
  • 4 x British Open Champion
  • 2 x European Championships silver
  • 2 x European Championships bronze
  • 2002 Commonwealth Bronze
  • 2016 European Vetrans - Gold
  • UKCC Level 3 Judo Coach