Birmingham Commonwealth Games: Judo

  • 01/01/2022

Judo has only made three previous appearances at the Commonwealth Games and returns after missing the cut for Gold Coast 2018.

This is probably another sport where Commonwealth athletes struggle to medal at the Olympics against traditional Asian powerhouses.

England has dominated competition at Auckland 1990, Manchester 2002 and Glasgow 2014, winning 28 of 44 possible gold medals.

New Zealand has won 11 medals, including Brent Cooper's half-lightweight gold at Auckland.

This year's squad includes husband-and-wife team Jason Koster and Moira de Villiers, who both medalled at Glasgow.  

Jason Koster in action at Glasgow 2014
Jason Koster in action at Glasgow 2014. Photo credit: Photosport

Koster first competed for New Zealand 22 years ago, while de Villiers is ranked second in the Commonwealth and has returned to competition, after having a daughter four years ago.

NZ Team

Kody Andrews (+100kg), Elliott Connolly (U81kg), Jason Koster (U100kg)

Sydnee Andrews (+78kg), Qona Christie (U57kg), Moira de Villiers (U78kg), Hayley Mackey (U78kg)

NZ Medals

Gold (1) - Brent Cooper (half-lightweight 1990)

Silver (4) - Donna Guy-Halkyard (half-middleweight 1990), Graeme Spinks (half-middlweight 1990), Adrian Leat (73kg 2014), Moira de Villiers (70kg 2014)

Bronze (6) - Nicola Morris (heavyweight 1990), Wayne Watson (heavyweight 1990), Tim Slyfield (half-middleweight 2002), Jason Koster (100kg 2014), Tim Slyfield (100kg 2014), Darcina Manuel (57kg 2014)