Have faith in Pitman for bold Glasgow showing

Faith Pitman fighting for GB
Faith Pitman fighting for GB

Todmorden-born Faith Pitman will compete for Team England in the Commonwealth Games at Glasgow, which starts on July 23.

Faith, 29, now lives in Harlow and is a member of the West Essex Judo Club.

She is one of 14 English fighters in the squad and all will be making their Commonwealth Games debuts as the sport returns to the Games for the first time since 2002.

Faith will compete in the under 63kg category and could be a medal prospect after a successful start to 2014 and victories in the Rijeka Grand Prix in Croatia and the Miami Grand Prix last year.

She will relish an opportunity on the big stage after failing to make the Great Britain team for the London Olympics, when tipped to do so.

Faith has been involved in the sport for a long time, become a First Dan at 16. She is now a Third Dan and has competed at the top level for almost a decade.

A qualified sports massage therapist and personal trainer, she was British champion last year, seventh in the 2009 World Championships and won bronze in the 2009 Super World Cup in Moscow.

Among those hoping to see her compete in Glasgow is her aunt Christine Jacksdon of Keighley Road, Peckett Well.

Christine said funding was minimal and she had raised £200 towards Faith’s sport by being sponsored for the Wadsworth Boundary Walk.