Judo lesson for MK College students

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TEAM GB Olympian Kelly Edwards visited Milton Keynes College on Friday to give female students a talk about and demonstration of judo, writes Liam Andrews.

The 22-year-old also battled against MK College staff member Nikki Williams in the event for International Women’s Day.

Edwards said: “I like to keep the London 2012 legacy alive, I get a lot out of it, helping young people and girls in particular.

“I feel very passionately about raising female participation in not just judo but many sports, and where I can help out I will definitely be there.

“I just like giving a little bit back and going to schools and colleges to talk to people and give them a bit of what I had when I was growing up.”

Edwards gave a talk to the female students on what the Olympic Games was like and how starstruck she was when she met famous athletes such as Jessica Ennis and Usain Bolt.

The talented judo player also offered taster sessions to any students who wanted to get involved and taught them some of her special moves.

She added: “We had four really, really good girls – it surprised me really. Normally we might just go into schools and find one if we’re lucky on a good day, but here in Milton Keynes we have four very good girls.

“So it was a very good day for me and I’m very proud. I haven’t been able to explore the city yet, but the facilities here at the College really took me back.”

Before Edwards arrived, the college had hosted a series of events for International Women’s Day, including a dance session and an MK Dons shooting competition. But all eyes were firmly on the Olympian when she entered the room and posed for photographs.

“London 2012 was very special and to be part of Team GB on home soil was great and I didn’t want it to end,” she added.

“What we can do now though is keep pushing on for future Olympic Games and European Championships.

“Then the Rio 2016 Games are just around the corner and hopefully I will be pushing for a medal there, but I need to keep training hard and keep putting the work in.”