Eric Ham

Sports - Martial Arts

"Raising this money through Talent Backer means I can now compete at European level and improve my ranking"

Goal

With the money raised I would like to self-fund to a couple of Junior European Cups later in the year to improve my position in the Junior World Ranking List.

I have had a good start on the Junior World Tour and want to consolidate on this good start.

Background

I train at Glossop Judo Club in Derbyshire and I am a member of the England Judo Talent Squad. 

I started Judo at the age of four at Raven Judo Club with my coach Bob Cheetham. When I was 7 my Dad and Steve set up Glossop Judo Club and I have trained there ever since.

In 2013 I was selected to represent England at the Czech European Cadet Cup and the pinnacle of the year was being chosen to represent Great Britain at the European Cadet Championships. In 2014 I have already won the English Junior Open and won a Bronze at the Portugal Junior Cup.

Current Position

I am currently ranked Number 1 in Great Britain at Junior level. 

My result at Junior Portugal now sees me at number 15 on the Junior world ranking list.

The Future

Hopefully I have a very bright future in the sport as I continue to build on the successes I have already had.

This year I have already been selected by England three times, and I would hope my place at the European Cadet Championships will be confirmed soon.

Achievements

3 x British Cadet Champion

Junior English Open Champion 2014

2 x Junior British Championships Silver Medalist

European Junior Cup Portugal - Bronze Medalist

4 x High Peak Junior Sportsman of the Year

Derbyshire Young Sportsman of the Year

Summary

Thanks for taking a moment to read through my profile. Gaining financial support is essential in Judo. It is a very cheap sport to do at a recreational level, but at the very top many players get held back due to the large funds needed to compete around the World. 

I do not want to be one of them so any help you can give would be greatly appreciated.