Profiling Borders’ ASP athletes

Walkerburn Judo player Rae Anderson
Walkerburn Judo player Rae Anderson

Your best moment in sport so far:

Being chosen to represent Great Britain at a European Cup in Spain or winning the Sportif international in April this year.

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Aims for the next 12 months:

To medal at the UK School games in Manchester or at Flanders Cup and to have a good transition into juniors.

Who in your sport has inspired you most and why?:

My Judo idol has to be Glasgow 2014 gold medallist Sarah Clark because she isn’t only good at judo, she is a lovely person and a good coach.

Favouritesporting moment of all time as a spectator:

Watching the Scottish team perform well at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Best thing about your sport:

When you catch someone for an amazing ippon. It’s even better if it’s an effortless throw and you don’t even realise that it’s happened.

What do you do to “tune-in” immediately before a competition:

I listen to music. The best get in the zone songs have to be Lose Yourself by Eminem or Remember The Name by Fort Minor.

If you had the chance to change one thing in your sport, what would it be?:

I hate having to make weight for competition. Also judo kits are really expensive, so it would be great if they were cheaper.

Venue at which you most aspire to compete:

The London Olympic Venue.

If not in this sport, would like to compete in:

Gymnastics.

Current most-played song or track on your i-pod or MP3:

Royalty by Conor Maynard and Something Big by Shawn Mendes.

.... But can’t stand:

I hate when songs are overplayed. Right now its “I Really Like You” by Carly Rae Jepson.

Other interests away from my sport:

I don’t have much time to do anything else apart from judo, but I really enjoy watching movies and tv series.

Fantasy away day (all-expenses paid):

I would love to go to Australia, but a trip to Disneyland Florida would be great.

The Borders Athlete Support Programme (ASP) is funded through Borders Sports and Leisure Trust and provides support services to promising athletes from the Borders who are recommended by their National Governing 
Body. For more information see http://www.bslt.org.
uk/sport/athlete_support_programme