Broxburn judoka Emily Ritchie grabs gold for Scotland in Bahamas

Broxburn's Emily Ritchie from West Lothian admitted it was an 'amazing feeling' to win the first gold medal for Team Scotland at the Commonwealth Youth Games in the Bahamas.

Wednesday, 19th July 2017, 4:01 pm
Updated Tuesday, 12th September 2017, 10:32 am
Emily Ritchie celebrates her win

The 16-year-old has made quite an impact in Scottish judo circles in recent months – and on this evidence it is easy to see why.

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Judo, which had never been in the Games before, began on day one in Nassau and Ritchie went undefeated in the girls’ +70kg class to claim gold. Speaking after her final fight, she said: “That was amazing. The fact that it is the first Youth Games with my sport in it and that I am one of the first gold medallists in the event is an amazing feeling. It felt great stepping out on to the mat, representing the whole of Team Scotland. Now I cannot wait to be able to watch all of my team-mates competing.”

Ritchie took up judo as a youngster because her mother was keen for her to learn self defence – and little did she know at the time that it would spark a love affair with the sport.

Soon after Ritchie’s medal win, Scotland added two judo silvers (Fiona Todman and Emma Forrest) and one bronze (Louis Saez).