GB Judo player Amy Platten is no stranger to the big stage having won Gold in the European Youth Olympic Festival in Gyor in 2017.
The University of Nottingham Neuroscience student was also the recipient of a BUCS Gold medal at BUCS Nationals in February 2020 marking a special start to life as a student.
With Covid-19 impacting marial arts around the world Platten, now in her second year, has been fortunate enough to receive an elite-athlete exemption enabling her to continue to train and perform at the highest level with the Universities support.
More recently she was selected to compete at the International Judo Federation Tbilisi Grand Slam where she had a fantastic tournament and built some really valuable experience.
Speaking to UoN Sport, Platten reflected on her time in Georgia. She said:
“I was over the moon to be selected for the Grand Slam by GB. A competition of this stature in Judo is just beneath that of the World Championships and Olympic Games, so I am incredibly proud.”
“Preparation was difficult with the current restrictions and with assignments for my degree. However, thanks to the efforts of both the British Judo CoE and my UoN tutors, I felt confident I prepared as well as I could in this current climate.”
Platten was drawn with the Chinese fighter Yanan Li, (WR #22) a multiple medal winner on the international stage and a tough first fight. Despite Li’s qualities, Platten made a dream start and dominated the early exchanges, pressuring the Chinese fighter to pick up 2 penalties in the process.
It was an intense fight but the Nottingham scholar dug deep and caught Li with an Ouchi - Uchi Mata combination for a Wazari score in the dying seconds of the contest.
Platten would go on to meet her match in her fight with Laura Martinez Abelenda (WR #11) from Spain. The early exchanges of this fight were extremely promising and Abelenda was forced to use all of her experience to eventually end the contest with a finely executed drop shoulder throw.
Reflecting on her progress within the tournament, Platten said:
“I am happy with my performance and will look to build on this in the future. The experience gained from this competition will definitely help me excel this year for upcoming events.”
Over the coming months the Nottingham student is hoping to be selected for the Senior European Open in Zagreb, Croatia in early May and we wish her the very best of luck.
You can find highlights of Platten in action at the Tbilisi Judo Grand Slam here
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Posted on Sunday 28th March 2021