Stephanie’s Story

I started judo when I was 4, with my dad as my very first judo coach. So, judo's always been in my life and I've always loved it and worked hard at it and tried to get better. I've done lots of other sports as well, but judo was the main one I was good at.

Winning the Commonwealth Games Silver Medal - the first silver for Scotland - was the proudest moment of my life - and then, my life got turned upside down. I was in Vietnam, I was on the back of a motorbike and I came off the bike and suffered a traumatic brain injury. This resulted in me having a 1% chance of survival...ultimately fighting for my life.

My community back home started fundraising to pay for my medical bills and the air ambulance to fly me home. When I first woke up, one of my worries was 'will I ever be able to do judo again?' When I realised that was no longer possible, I felt so lost. But, then, I've got this crazy sense of confidence in myself. No matter what's stood in front of me, I think I'd overcome any obstacle.

Now I help coach, and I try and pass on my experience and knowledge to aspiring athletes. We're just such a determined nation, that we're not gonna give up on anyone or anything. Sometimes I feel like the people of Scotland and this place where I'm from, brought me back to life!

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