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Coatbridge Judo Star Aiming For British Squad
Coatbridge star Louise Renicks shot to fame in the summer at Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games and competes for the final time this year and wants to end a memorable twelve months by clinching her return to the British squad this Sunday.
Louise shot to fame in the summer by winning a gold medal at Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games. She is plotting her path to the 2016 Olympics in Brazil and will be back in action on Sunday at the British championships in Sheffield.
It’s the final competition of the year for the 32-year-old who has overcome both injury and illness in the time since she struck gold.
And the gutsy fighter – who is ranked British No 1 in her division – is targeting a medal placing which would stamp her ticket back to the national squad.
“It’s been a fantastic year and I want to end it on a high,” said the -52kg player.
“I will still finish the year as number one even if I don’t win this weekend but finishing top four will automatically get me in the British squad.
“There is a lot of pressure and when you are number one there are a lot of eyes on you. Your opponents know you better.
“And everybody is expecting a high standard of performance.
“I think everybody will come out to prove a point and I will be fully focused.
“It would be the icing on the cake if I won a medal this weekend which would mean a double celebration this Christmas.”
Louise is looking forward to a festive break after competing in Sheffield before returning to training on January 5.
Her first tournament next year is on January 17 when she heads to Tunisia.
She added: “Once the British championships are out of the way we sit down with our coaches and have a review the year.
“It will then be a case of taking some time out and doing a lot of catching up.”
Louise’s younger sister, Kimberley, who won gold in the -48kg division at Glasgow 2014, will not be competing this weekend.
The 26-year-old is continuing to fight back to full fitness after being sidelined with a shoulder injury.
Meanwhile, Louise has this week thanked North Lanarkshire Council and Albion Rovers for their support over the past few months.
Council chiefs are helping the golden sisters fund their Olympic dream by organising seminars at local schools while Rovers handed the Renicks family lifetime season tickets.
“We’re overwhelmed with the kindness shown by everybody,” Louise said.