24/06/2019 – Fight for Peace London Academy member David Taylor has been selected to represent England at the 2019 Commonwealth Judo Championships due to be held on September 29th in Walsall, UK. The seventeen year old brown belt, who is fresh off winning gold at the London Youth Games, will be competing in the Junior -55kg category and is feeling relaxed and confident ahead of the challenge. “Going in to this competition I am just going to be the best version of myself, there is no pressure on me, no expectation, so hopefully I will be bringing back a gold medal”, he said during a break from training.

David has been involved in judo since he was 7 years old and has been working with his current coach, former Great Britain squad member Darren Hawney, for the past three years. “David’s selection is a true reflection of the time and effort he puts in to training,” said Darren. “Since we started working together at Fight for Peace and Metro Judo Club, I’ve seen such a great improvement in David’s judo and this will undoubtedly make his confidence skyrocket.”

Talking about his progress, David was quick to pay tribute to his teammates and coach who support his development. “Over the past three years Darren has improved my judo and he has made me just see it a bit different, it’s made me think more about my judo and concentrate more. There’s also a really good vibe with my training partners, everyone is here to help, everyone is here to train – we all help each other here.”

Judo is one of a number of combat sports offered to young people at Fight for Peace, part of our holistic methodology integrating education, combat sports, personal development, leadership and mentoring support to promote the growth and development of young people and support them to achieve their full potential in life.

“At Fight for Peace we want to create sporting champions and life champions, that is why we integrate our combat sports – and all the valuable lessons we learn from them – with leadership, education, employability, personal development and mentoring elements”, explained Fight for Peace London Academy Head of Programmes Jacob Whittingham Vigors. “David is well on his way to becoming a champion in every sense, he is a fantastic role model to others and his progress and selection for his country are both well deserved and a source of huge inspiration to all of us here.”