Judo: Euan Burton Announced as New National High Performance Coach

Judo player Euan Burton with his Commonwealth Gold
Judo player Euan Burton with his Commonwealth Gold

JudoScotland and sportscotland are pleased to announce the appointment of Euan Burton MBE to the position of National High Performance Coach for Judo.

Euan takes over the position from David Somerville, who led the team - including Euan - to unprecedented success at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

20.10.2013 Emirates Arena, Glasgow,Scotland.  Judo action from the 2013 Glasgow European Open. U100K Final Euan Burton (GBR) battles with Ben Fletcher (GBR).

20.10.2013 Emirates Arena, Glasgow,Scotland. Judo action from the 2013 Glasgow European Open. U100K Final Euan Burton (GBR) battles with Ben Fletcher (GBR).

Euan himself ended his extremely successful competitive Judo career on a high, winning Gold at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Throughout his career Euan won two World Bronze Medals, three European Bronze Medals and also won the Jigaro Kano Cup at the renowned Tokyo Grand Slam. Since retiring after the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, Euan has been working alongside David as Assistant High Performance Coach.

Euan will be working closely with Scottish Judoka to produce the next generation of Scottish World Champions, Olympians, and Commonwealth Medal winners.

Euan Burton, speaking on his appointment, commented:

“I am relishing the opportunity. I truly believe in the power of judo to make a positive impact on Scotland’s people and its communities and feel our performance pathway can help as a driver for that impact. I am, however, fully aware of the size and responsibility of the job at hand and do not underestimate the numerous challenges that we will meet on our journey.

“I want to thank my predecessor David Somerville for the job he has done to put the programme in such a strong position. I believe that with the assistance of the JudoScotland community we can continue to move forward and see Scottish judoka on international podiums and inspiring the nation through their performances and behaviours for years to come.”

Mike Whittingham, Director of High Performance at sportscotland, said:

“In partnership with JudoScotland, we are delighted to appoint Euan to the position of National High Performance Coach. Euan’s credentials as an athlete need no elaboration, but he has also shown the same aptitude and dedication in his role as Assistant High Performance Coach. The fact that he won Commonwealth gold while combining the two roles speaks volumes and is an inspiration to those who follow in his footsteps.

“It’s also extremely good news that we haven’t lost David Sommerville’s expertise from the High Performance sporting system in Scotland as he takes on his new role as a high performance manager with sportscotland. I know both Euan and David will continue to make a huge contribution to Scottish sport.”

Douglas Bryce, CEO at JudoScotland, said:

“We welcome Euan into his new role at an immensely exciting time for Judo in Scotland. With the Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games just round the corner, the 2020 Tokyo Games being staged in the birthplace of Judo and, with Judo becoming a core sport within the Commonwealth Games from 2022, Euan will be able to positively impact on these and other world-class events.”