GB Adaptive Team ready for Oceania Asia Games

British Judo are pleased to share Team GB Judo Adaptive who have been selected for the Virtus Oceania Asia Games in Brisbane which will take place from 5th to 11th November, with judo due to take place on Monday 7the November.

Together with Virtus UK member UK Sports Association, this is the first UK team to be selected to compete in a Virtus Championship.

The team includes several ID World and ID European medalists. ID World Champion and Double ID European Champion Skye Westwood (Rush Judo; Matt Rush) is joined by world champion ID and European bronze medalist ID Nikki McDermott (South Shields; Joe Foster) in female inscriptions.

ID World and double ID European Champions Thomas Mawdsley (JC Mill; Colin Mawdsley) and Christopher Murphy (Shettleston; Alex Reid) lead the male entries. ID World and European Medalist Mikey Lomas (Miramar; Andrew Parton) has been a consistent player on the world stage and will be looking to add one more title to his resume.

They are joined by six-time British Adaptive Champion and multiple ID European and ID World open medalist Stuart Jackman (Swindon JC; Lee Adams) which has just been listed.

Also, newly listed Stanley Walker (Rush Judo; Matt Rush), Joshua Hughes (Wirral JC; Chris Soakell) and Joshuha Hodkinson (SKK; Pete Blood) complete the team.

Team Leader Sami Smithson said:

“I am incredibly proud to lead this team. The team worked incredibly hard after returning from the covid pandemic to earn their selection.

“We have selected a team with a great mix of experience and young talent and I can’t wait to go to Australia and see the team perform.”

Tracey McCillen, chief executive of the UK Sports Association, said: “I am delighted that British Judo and the UK Sports Association have worked together to make this happen. The hard work and determination of British Judo and all athletes to reach this level has paid off. See an entry to the first Virtus Oceania Asia Games is a great success and is also starting to develop the approach for future Virtus Championships, including the Virtus Global Games 2023 in France.

Team GB Judo Adaptive:


-66kg Stanley Walker (Rush Judo; Matt Rush)

-66kg Thomas Mawdsley (Mill JC; Colin Mawdsley)

-73kg Joshua Hughes (Wirral JC; Chris Soakell)

-73kg Joshuha Hodkinson (SKK; Pete Blood)

-81kg Christopher Murphy (Shettleston; Alex Reid)

-100kg Stuart Jackman (Swindon JC; Lee Adams)

+100kg Mikey Lomas (Miramar; Andrew Parton)


-52kg Nikki McDermott (South Shields; Joe Foster)

-57kg Skye Westwood (Rush Judo; Matt Rush)