VIDEO: Gainsborough judo star ‘Big Jack’ still on track for Rio 2016 Paralympics

Gainsborough teen Jack Hodgson
Gainsborough teen Jack Hodgson

Gainsborough judo star Jack Hodgson is still on track for a spot in the Rio 2016 Paralympics.

The 19-year-old is in action with the British visually impaired team at the European Judo Championships in Odivelas this week.

And Hodgson, who competes in the over 100kg category, is on course for next summer’s big championships thanks to his current sixth placed ranking.

He will be hoping to build on his podium finishes at the IBSA World Games and the Brazil Grand Prix, where he took silver medals, and the bronze he won at the Hungary World Cup in Eger.

Competition in the Portuguese city began on Wednesday and will finish on Monday.

Completing the British team is Sam Ingram, Chris Skelley and Natalie Greenhough.

British Judo Paralympic head coach was confident in the team’s chances: “Obviously having a guy like Sam in the team is great for experience but both Jack and Chris medalled at the World Games in Korea earlier this year and Natalie medalled at the Brazil Grand Prix so everybody has that medal winning experience.”