DERRY’S rising judo star, Callum Nash remains confident he can medal at an Olympics in the future after beating some of the UK’s best up-and-coming fighters at the 2016 School Games in Loughborough.
Nash showed his potential earlier this year when he claimed bronze at the European Cup for Cadets in Spain, which moved him temporarily into the world’s top 40.
I am striving for the 2020 Olympics and the 2022 Commonwealth Games. With the training and the mindset I have now, I think I can definitely make it and definitely have the potential to medal.Callum Nash
And the 17-year-old was back on form once again at Loughborough University last Friday night when he won the boys’ under-60kg title at the School Games, which sees 1,600 school-age elite athletes compete in 12 current and future Olympic and Paralympic sports over the course of four days.
The Lumen Christi College pupil said: “I was confident I could medal heading into the competition as long as I had the right mindset and I was on it on the day.
“This is against the top athletes in England, Wales and Scotland so it shows I am where I need to be before competing at bigger events in the future.
“The School Games is good because you can experience things you would experience at an Olympics.
“The European Cups are a bit similar so the School Games is a good environment for making sure you are ready to step up to the bigger events.
“I am striving for the 2020 Olympics and the 2022 Commonwealth Games. With the training and the mindset I have now, I think I can definitely make it and definitely have the potential to medal.”
The event is supported by National Lottery funding from Sport England and delivered by the Youth Sport Trust.
With 15 of Team GB’s 67 medals at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games coming from School Games alumni, it has proven to be a great introduction to a multi-sport environment for the stars of the future.
The 2016 School Games is supported by a range of partners including the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, Sport England, Youth Sport Trust, Department of Health and British Paralympic Association.