Edinburgh judoka Sally Conway rubs shoulders with the best in the world this weekend at the World Masters in Rabat, Morocco, knowing she is not out of place.
Conway is back up to No.6 in the world at Under-70kg following her triumph earlier this month at the Baku Grand Slam in Azerbaijan. She defeated world No.1 Kim Polling in the final and again the competition could not be stiffer.
All five of those currently ranked above her, including Polling, world No.2 Laura Vargas Koch and world No.3 Yuri Alvear, are in Rabat.
Conway would not have it any other way as she builds towards next year’s Olympics in Rio and knows there is little to choose between judoka at this level.
“There are a lot of mind games being played,” she said. “If I lose to someone then I will go away with my coaches to work on something and so, when I face them again, then it is the opponent who has to work on how to combat that within the fight.
“You always have to be learning and thinking and be able to change things during the fight.”