Gemma Howell

Gemma Howell (born 13 June 1990) is a British judoka from Stafford, England, who competed at the Olympic Games.[1][2][3]

Gemma Howell
Personal information
Born (1990-06-13) 13 June 1990 (age 32)
Stafford, England
Height1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Weight class–63 kg, –70 kg
ClubWolverhampton Judo Club
Coached byBill Kelly
Achievements and titles
World Champ.7th (2010)
European Champ.Gold(2022)
Olympic GamesR32 (2012, 2020)
Medal record
Profile at external databases
Updated on 21 August 2022.

Judo careerEdit

Howell came to prominence after winning the winning the lightweight division at the British Judo Championships in 2006.[4] As well as successfully defending the title in 2007 and 2008, she won medals at the 2008 World and European Junior Championships.[3] In 2010, she won a medal at the European U23 Championships before winning a fourth British title in 2011.[4]

In 2012, she was selected to represent Great Britain at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. She competed in the Women's 63 kg, but was defeated in the first round. The following year she won her fifth and last British Championship, this time at the heavier weight of half-middleweight. In 2014, Howell took three medals at the Heart of England Championships, the Grand Prix in Zagreb and the European Open in Glasgow.[5] She also competed in the women's 70 kg event at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.[6]

In May 2019, Howell was selected to compete at the 2019 European Games in Minsk, Belarus.[7] She won the silver medal in her event at the 2022 Judo Grand Slam Tel Aviv held in Tel Aviv, Israel.[8]

In 2022, she achieved her best success to date after winning the gold medal at the 2022 European Judo Championships in Sofia. Competing in the women's 63 kg she defeated Laura Fazliu in the final.[9] Following this major success she then went on to win a silver medal in the 63kg category at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.


  1. ^ "Gemma Howell". London 2012. The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Limited. Archived from the original on 28 July 2012. Retrieved 13 September 2012.
  2. ^ "Gemma Howell - Judoka". Retrieved 3 March 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Gemma Howell profile". Judo Inside. Retrieved 21 August 2022.
  4. ^ a b "British Judo Championship Results 2003 to present". British Judo. Retrieved 21 August 2022.
  5. ^ "Gemma Howell - Judoka". Retrieved 3 March 2015.
  6. ^ "Judo Results Book" (PDF). 2020 Summer Olympics. Archived (PDF) from the original on 1 August 2021. Retrieved 1 August 2021.
  7. ^ "Team GB squad announcement for the European Games". Team GB. 21 May 2019. Retrieved 29 May 2019.
  8. ^ Lloyd, Owen (18 February 2022). "Japanese judoka Horikawa and Tanaka victorious at Tel Aviv Grand Slam". Retrieved 19 February 2022.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. ^ "Gemma Howell". Team England. Retrieved 21 August 2022.

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