Megan started judo aged ﬁve at Pinewood Judo Club, Wokingham, following in the footsteps of her three older brothers. At age seventeen she decided to train full time at the University of Bath, alongside her studies. She completed an undergrad in Environmental Science and is a qualiﬁed Geography teacher. As a pre-cadet she won six National Championship titles, a Cadet European Bronze medal in Austria and seventh place at the European Youth Olympic Games in Italy in 2005. She had a strong junior U23 career winning three Junior National Championship titles and representing GB at numerous European Championships. In October 2012 she won her ﬁrst Senior Cup medal in Rome. It has led to seven more World Cup records, placings at Grand Prix and Grand Slam events and to her being Commonwealth Gold medal winner in Glasgow 2014. Unfortunately in March 2016 she sustained an injury to her back. She was eventually diagnosed with a type of spinal rheumatoid arthritis that could put an end to her career. With great determination she decided she would not go down without a ﬁght. After months of rehab and hard work she got herself back at the highest level of judo showing true will power. In November 2016 she decided to follow the routes of her mother’s family and represent the Republic of Ireland. In march 2017 she won Gold at the Croatian European Cup. She now has her sights on qualifying for and medalling at the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020.
Megan (Team Ireland Judoka) was friendly and professional and the children were truly inspired by her personal stories - we will all be avidly following her journey to the Olympics!'
Katie of Charfield School