Berkhamsted-trained Aylesbury College judo trio are on their way to Australia

The Hertfordshire/Buckinghamshire trio will travel to Australia next month.

Alongside them, Matthew Rush, a teacher at Chiltern Way Academy in Wendover, will join them as head coach.

Skye, from Aylesbury, is no stranger to big judo events. She is a double world and European ID champion as well as a special Olympic gold medalist. She has been doing judo since the age of seven and now trains at the Rushjudo Club based in Berkhamsted.

Stanley, from Hemel Hempstead, who also trains at Rushjudo, is a newcomer to the British squad. He has been recalled from his recent form, winning gold at the Adaptive Judo British Open and the Adaptive British School Judo Championships.

Matthew, also from Aylesbury, has been selected as the head coach of the British team. Matthew has years of experience working with children and young adults with accommodation needs. He currently teaches at Chiltern Way Academy, a SEND school which recently gained Outstanding Status with Ofsted, and coaches one of the largest adaptive judo classes in the country at Rushjudo.

Matthew said: “Skye and Stanley are part of a nine-man squad that has been selected. They have worked extremely hard, especially with the disruption of the Covid pandemic. I am immensely proud of them and have really looking forward to coaching the British Adaptive Team at such a big international event.

The Virtus Oceania and Asia Games is a multi-sport event that awaits hundreds of athletes from over 25 nations. It runs from November 5-11 and judo is scheduled to take place on Monday November 7.