Lele just misses out on world number one ranking

Lele Nairne.

Lele Nairne. - Credit: Archant

Judo star Lele Nairne just missed out on a world number one ranking after taking part in several events across Europe.

KEWSTOKE judo star Lele Nairne missed out on being ranked number one in the world after picking up a silver medal in the Czech Republic.

Until last Sunday, Lele was ranked seventh, but a gold and silver medal has pushed up her ranking. She has just returned from competing at a variety of world class events, as well as attending high-level training camps across Europe.

The 16-year-old, who attends Priory Community School in Worle, took a gold medal in Romania as well as the silver, which are considered to be two of the hardest of European championships.

Lele’s father Kevin, said: “Unless you have had the opportunity to witness first-hand the dedication, focus and time it takes to reach her present standard, you would find it difficult to believe.

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“She trains seven days a week either at judo or in the gym building her strength. She makes me and her mother proud every day and I have no doubt in the next few years she will be selected for top senior events such as the Olympics.”

Lele is now taking a few days well-earned rest before she begins training again in readiness to go off on her travels again representing Team GB. This time she will be fighting in the under-21s rather than the under-17s. Her next international contest will be in Vienna.

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If anyone would like to associate themselves with Lele’s ongoing success via financial support or company sponsorship, she would love to hear from you. Please drop Lele an email at: lele@judogirl.co.uk

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