A Garston schoolgirl has become the best ranked judoka in the whole of England and the second highest ranked in the UK, for her age and weight category.
18-year-old Evie Halvey-Jacobs has competed in three major tournaments this year, the prestigious English Open Championships in Thetford, the British Schools Championships in Sheffield representing St. Michael’s Catholic High School and the Northern Irish Open Championship in Derry.
Each time she’s walked away with a hard-fought-for silver medal, earning her the top spot in the rankings in England.
Headteacher at St Michael’s, Edward Conway, said: “We are extremely proud of Evie and all that she has achieved so far. Evie is a model student who is highly motivated and extremely committed and dedicated to her studies and school life.
“This same level of commitment and dedication she applies to her Judo training. She is an excellent role model to other students and is greatly admired and respected.”
Evie began her training under the tutelage of Ron Field, at the St Michael’s Judo Club in Garston before he sadly passed away. She now trains three times a week at Rush Judo in Berkhamsted, coached by Laurie Rush.
Laurie stated: “Evie has had a cracking year medalling at the British Schools and at the English Open and in Northern Ireland and that makes her number 2 in Great Britain and number 1 in England for her age and weight.
“She was previously a British Age Group Champion and has been in the English team for a number of years. She is an excellent Judo player.”
Evie hopes to have future success in next year’s European cup events and is balancing her judo victories with studying for A-levels, with plans to go to university and study criminology in September.