Justine Bishop - NZ Judo Athlete
Started judo – 2001
Favourite throw – Uchimata
Goal: Olympic Games 2020
I started judo as a tiny, squeaky voiced 11-year-old, initially as after school care. After years of awkwardly stomping around a ballet class, it appeared I had finally found the sport for me. While the rough and tumble is a lot of fun, I love the mutual respect in judo – it really is more than a sport. I mean how sports get together after a competition and train alongside and against each other with sole purpose of improving each other’s judo??
Entering the 2020 Olympic games campaign, I decided I would throw everything I had mentally, physically, emotionally, and financially to fight for a chance to wear the silver fern on the Olympic stage. So here I am, chasing my lifelong dream and not looking back.
Like me, Dojomats believe in quality products, service, and no corner cutting. Knowing I have them and Sunny behind every step of the way is awesome.
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Thanks for everyones messages and comments of support. Yesterday I won my first fight at the world champs, then went on to fight the world number 3. Even though I lost that second fight, I felt like my mojo was back and enjoyed the experience. I finished in the top 32 gaining some more Olympic points and a fire under me leading into this next block. Next stop London for a few days rest then back into training based in Prague. @dojomats @nzolympics #teamnz #roadtotokyo #judo #judonz #judoworlds2019 #earnthefern #athletelife #ippongear