Rochdale News | Sports News | Sophie Cox appointed as coach to lead England’s judo team at Birmingham Commonwealth Games this summer

Date published: February 07, 2022

Two-time judo Olympian from Littleborough and two-time BJJ (Brazilian jiu jitsu) world champion Sophie Cox has been named one of three coaches to lead England’s judo team at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham this summer .

England Talent program coach Cox has worked with the England Talent team for British judo since 2018, coaching a plethora of fighters from pre-cadet to senior.

Cox, who has also represented Great Britain and England as a fighter at all levels, told the British Judo Association: “It is a privilege to be part of the coaching staff for the Games. of the 2022 Commonwealth. It means a lot to be able to work with a talented team of fighters and trainers in preparation for such an important event right here on our doorstep.

“Having competed in the Commonwealth Games in Manchester and the Olympic Games in London, I understand what it means to compete in front of local audiences and for anyone involved in these games, those who watch, as well as those who participate. is truly a special experience.

“It will be great for judo in this country.”

Cox competed at the 2004 and 2012 Olympics, as well as the 2002 Commonwealth Games where she won bronze in front of a home crowd.

The Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony will take place on Thursday July 28, with the judo program starting on Monday August 1 and ending on Wednesday August 3.

Ruth J. Leeds