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James Birnie, a supported athlete via the GLL Sports Foundation competed for Scotland in the M8 -81kg class at the Commonwealth Judo Tournament. James had a successful tournament having recently moved down a weight class (losing 10kg) and winning the Gold medal beating a former World Champion.

James trains at Carterton Leisure Centre, which is currently undergoing a redevelopment. The current gym will be expanded and will provide an excellent training outlet for Sports Foundation athletes and customers.

The five-day event was hosted by the British Judo Association at Walsall University sports complex. The tournament ran from the 25 – 29 September 2019 with over 1,000 athletes competing in the following categories; pre-cadet, cadet, junior, senior, veteran and visually impaired judoka.

James would like to thank GLL for the continued support he receives from GLL Sports Foundation.