Judo: Livesey sisters named in Euro championship squad

Amy Livesey in action. She and her sister Bekky have both been selected for the European Championship
Amy Livesey in action. She and her sister Bekky have both been selected for the European Championship
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Two judo aces from St Helens have been selected for the 2017 European Judo Championship in Warsaw, Poland.

This will be the first time that sister Bekky and Amy Livesey, both products of SKK Judo Club, will have been selected in the same team for a senior major championship though elder sister Amy made her debut at this event in 2016 where she reached the last 16.

Bekky Livesey (-57kg) has recently from a knee injury which saw her miss six months of judo, however she made her competition return at the Dubrovnik Senior European Cup at the weekend where she finished seventh.

The 2015 Junior European bronze medallist made a successful transition to senior level in 2016, winning at bronze at the Zagreb Grand Prix as well as silver and bronze respectively at the Tallinn and Madrid European Opens.

Amy Livesey (-63kg) has also recently returned from an elbow injury and picked up her best result since her return to competition at the Tbilisi Grand Prix last weekend when she finished seventh.

The 23-year-old was European Under-23 Champion in 2015 and also won her first Grand Prix medal last year when she won bronze in Budapest.

The eleven strong British selection will see a mix of experienced judoka, including 2016 Olympians, and debutants take to the mat for the first major championship of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic cycle.

Last year British Judo had its best return from the European Championships in ten years with Colin Oates and Natalie Powell winning silver and bronze respectively while Nekoda Davis, Sally Conway and Gemma Gibbons all finished fifth in their respective weights.

Bekky Livesey will be competing on first day of competition, Thursday, April 20, while Amy Livesey will compete a day later on Friday 21 April.