Chris has gold fever

Great Britain's Chris Sherrington celebrates a win
Great Britain's Chris Sherrington celebrates a win

A Billinge judo champion is planning on swapping the red rose for the thistle in time for next year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Royal Marine Chris Sherrington, originally from Billinge, has lived north of the border for more than a decade since joining Arbroath’s 45 Commando unit.

The 29-year-old, who competed for Team GB at last year’s Olympics, hopes to represent Scotland in 2014 if he recovers from injury.

Chris, who started his competition judo career at 21, is battling to regain full fitness after numerous dislocations and problems with his shoulder, knee, ankle and a hernia.

The 6ft 5in, 21 stone judoka said: “My fingers have been dislocated multiple times, they are pretty bumpy. These are minor injuries for a heavyweight judoka.

“The main injuries come big and, unfortunately, usually puts you out of training. All the time that you are out of your sport you are falling behind everyone else.

“So, the quicker the better the systems are to recover you, the quicker you can get back into your game.”

A massive Saints fan as a youngster, Chris’ sporting life started on local rugby field.

He started his elite judo training shortly after returning from Iraq where he was part of the initial invasion force in 2003.

He made a rapid rise in the world of competitive judo and after 12 months was ranked third in Britain.

A year later he became the number one heavyweight in the country.

Since then he was three times GB champion and two times British Open champion and continued his impressive performance with the Royal Marines and Royal Navy continuing to support him on his sports draft.

He made headlines at London 2012 by disposing of his first competitor in under 25 seconds.

But he was put out in the next round by three-time world champion Alexander Mikhaylin from Russia.

Looking ahead to the Glasgow games and representing the host nation, Chris knows that his success will be judged on one thing.

He said: “There’s only one thing I’m hoping for in Glasgow and that’s the gold medal. I wouldn’t settle for anything else.

“Anything else is a failure.”