5 things you may not know about judo bronze medallist Sally Conway


Sally Conway caused a surprise by winning bronze in the 70kg category at the judo in Rio.

The Scot celebrated her first global medal after beating Austria's Bernadette Graf.

Here are five things you need to know about the 29-year-old.

1. Sporting prowess

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Sally Conway developed an instant love for judo - having initially tried her hand at hockey (Mike Egerton/PA)

Conway was a talented hockey player and competed in the sport at country level but gave it up to focus on judo.

She was introduced to the sport aged 10 at her local club close to Thornbury, near Bristol.

Conway said on eju.net: "My dad took my brother and myself along to the local judo club one day. I loved the sport straight away."

2. London woe

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Conway was devastated after being beaten by Edith Bosch during the London Games four years ago (Nick Potts/PA)

Conway represented Britain at the London Olympics in 2012, losing in the second round to second seed Edith Bosch. She suffered shoulder ligament damage and had to have surgery.

Conway told the Herald: "I remember crying so much. I'd stop, then see family and friends, then start again. I was just crying loads. I was so emotional.

"It got better but it was a year - probably once I'd recovered from the shoulder surgery I had - before I was clear."

She went on to take bronze at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014.

3. Tattoo

Conway has the word "Believe" tattooed on her right forearm.

She said: "I really love motivational quotes. I find them really inspiring. 'Believe' is a key word for me. You have to believe in yourself. For me this is important to remember.

"I had the tattoo two years ago when I was in Miami. When things are tough it's good to have a little reminder when I look down."

4. Meeting your heroes

Kate Howey
Kate Howey won silver and bronze medals in the 2000 and 1992 Olympics respectively (David Davies/PA)

Conway's judo hero growing up was Kate Howey, who won Olympic medals in Barcelona in 1992 and Sydney eight years later.

Conway now works closely with Howey, who became her mat-side aide as the elite performance coach of the British Judo Association.

5. Friend in need

Conway has been heavily involved in the fundraising campaign to help her fellow Scottish judoka Steph Inglis.

The 27-year-old was gravely injured in a motorbike accident in Vietnam in May.

With her insurance refusing to pay for medical treatment, a campaign was organised, raising £327,892, and Inglis was flown home in June to start her recovery.