Young judo star keeping his Olympic dream in sight

Young judo star keeping his Olympic dream in sight

AT just 14, Jordon Greenbank already has a collection of medals that is the envy of many in his sport.

Starting judo at the age of eight, Jordon has since won 36 gold, 11 silver and three bronze medals in various state, national and international competitions.

The Fremantle resident’s 2017 has already proven to be no different, winning gold at the ACT International, the Queensland International and the WA State Championship, while he also prepares to take on some of Australia’s best in June’s nationals.

Training six days a week at Southwest Judo Academy in Port Kennedy and Hilton’s Judo Ryu, Jordon said he loved the competition, the skills and the physical conditioning associated with the sport.

“It is important for me to keep having a level of success and achieving to keep me on track for my goal of one day reaching the Olympics,” he said.

“Any loss I see as a lesson to help me learn and improve from.”

Nominated for Community Newspaper Group’s Local Sports Stars awards, Jordon has one piece of advice for anyone looking to start judo.

“Everyone has to start somewhere, so just start,” he said.

“Understand that it is a personal journey and that it will not always go your way.

“Take losses as a free lesson.”

Jordon’s recent accolades

2017 ACT International: Gold medal, 2x champion (2016+2017)

2017 Queensland International: Gold medal

2017 WA State Championships: Gold medal, 4x state champion (2014-2017)

Named 2016 Best Junior Player

Name: Jordon Greenbank

Age: 14

Sport: Judo

Category: Junior Sports Star-Individual

To nominate, visit www.localsportsstars.com.au.