Veteran European Championships 2018

An astounding 1191 judoka from 35 nations will step on the tatami in  the Emirates Arena here in Glasgow, United Kingdom, this week to compete for the Veteran European Championship 2018 title.

Flag Handing Over Ceremony Zagreb, Croatia, 2017Flag Handing Over Ceremony Zagreb, Croatia, 2017

Many of these judoka have been working hard on the tatami since they were children, others have found their way here later in life and are now getting the opportunity to experience how it feels to compete against people from across the globe. An increase of over 300 competitors since last years European Championship held in Zagreb, is an incredible turnout, a great reflection on how judo is for the many, and that the community is becoming stronger.

Our eldest competitors will be competing for the gold medals as of tomorrow; the age bands will be descending, our youngest competitors appearing on day three of the individual tournament. Among these esteemed judoka is the 2015 Veteran World Championship gold medallist Yves SEMPE (FRA). SEMPE has competed from a young age with the military and has remained within the judo world since and will be planning to take the gold in the -66kg M9 category.

Familiar names will also be returning to Glasgow, both medallists at the Commonwealth Games held in 2014. Louise RENICKS (GBR) will be competing on the final day of the individual events in the F2 category, coached by former international, Stephanie INGLIS (GBR). INGLIS suffered in a tremendous accident just two years ago which ended her competitive sporting career, however, this certainly didn’t crush her passion for judo and has stayed very much involved in the sport that gave her the determination and strength to pull her through her toughest times. INGLIS reflects,

“It feels really good to be back involved in something I love so much I have missed it. It’s even better I get to share it with my best friend and help coach her to a medal. After all that happened it’s made me appreciate these special moments and look forward to them even more.”

The Veteran European Championships is a remarkable event which proves that judo is ‘more than sport’ in our community.

By Thea Cowen

The schedule of the Veteran European Championships 2018 is as follows:

Thursday 14th June - M6, M7, M8, M9, M10, M11

09:30 Prelimiaries

16:00 Final Block

Friday 15th June - M3, M4

09:30 Prelimiaries

16:00 Final Block

Saturday 16th June - F1-F11, M1, M2

09:30 Prelimiaries

16:00 Final Block

Sunday 17th June - Teams Womens/Mens

09:30 Prelimiaries

14:30 Final Block

Live streaming will be available via

Take a look behind the scenes on Instagram @europeanjudo




06/17/2018 | 09:23 pm | in
VETERAN TEAMS UNITE IN SPECTACULAR STYLE The fourth and final day of the event brought an astounding entry of 51 teams from across Europe. With a packed crowd, the Emirates arena in Glasgow was filled with energy, the veteran competitiors waiting in the tunnel to step on to the tatami.... Read more


06/16/2018 | 11:30 pm | in
MEDAL GLORY FOR MALONE Andrew MALONE (GBR) fought today in the M2 -73kg category. For MALONE, judo is a family affair and trained as a child, his father his coach. He has been training with Olympians since he was young, attending the Olympic Games in Sydney 2000 as a... Read more


06/15/2018 | 07:39 pm | in
THE STUDENT, THE TEACHER, THE EUROPEAN GOLD MEDALLIST On the second day of competition in Glasgow we witnessed the M3 and M4 categories contest eachother for places on the podium. The talent did not disappoint and the judoka, crowd, and event staff alike thoroughly enjoyed the sporting performances... Read more


06/14/2018 | 07:20 pm | in
KING OF KOSOVO Day one of the Veteran European Championships 2018 got off to an explosive start! We saw six of the mens age categories take to the tatami today in the Emirates Arena in Glasgow. This included judoka between the ages of 50 and 79.... Read more


06/06/2018 | 08:30 am | in
EJU EXPERT NEIL ADAMS TO LEAD VETERANS AFTER EUROPEANS   The Veteran European Judo Championships is a precious event on the calendar with over 1000 participants across seven age categories competing for the title. This year, the tournament will take place between June 14 and June 17 in Glasgow, United... Read more