Commonwealth Championships medals for Fight for Peace judokas

02/10/2019 – Two Fight for Peace athletes have secured medals for England at the 2019 Commonwealth Judo Championships held in Walsall, UK, making history in becoming the first London Academy athletes to represent their country in any sport.

Jake Popplewell, competing in the Junior 90KG category and David Taylor, in action in the Junior 55KG category, came away from the championships with a gold and bronze medal respectively. This outstanding achievement is worthy recognition for the dedication these two young athletes apply to their training at Fight for Peace and Metro Judo Club, where they also train, and adds to a growing list of elite champions being produced through our Academies.


Fight for Peace judo coach Darren Hawney, who trains both David and Jake, spoke about the pride he and the whole of Fight for Peace feels following the athletes’ performance at the championships:

“David and Jake trained extra hard leading up to this event and, on the day, they didn’t disappoint. Both took the initiative and gave a great account of themselves. I am very proud of the performances they put in at such a high level championship and, as a group, it gives us all a tremendous amount of motivation and belief in what we are trying to achieve. I am looking forward to them now moving on to the national championship in December with extra confidence.”

Dedication to becoming the best we can be, in everything we do, is central to our values system at Fight for Peace, Champion being one of our five values. The performances of Jake and David, which are the culmination of a huge amount of hard work, underline this and inspire all of us at Fight for Peace to continue the fight to achieve our own goals and ambitions, in combat sports and in life.