As an extremely energetic child, Tom’s mother encouraged him to regularly participate in a wide variety of sports.
Never quite excelling in one particular field, it wasn’t until the age of 17 when, encouraged by the high achievers at his local judo club, he decided he too wanted to get a black belt.
After four hard months of training he achieved his goal. Tom went on to be selected to represent Great Britain.
Moving his training up a gear, Tom improved greatly and changed from -100kg category to -81kg.
At this new weight, Tom went from strength to strength, winning the Commonwealth Judo Championships and the British Championships in 2005.
Tom was in contention for both the 2008 and 2012 Olympics but unfortunately did not quite get there and was named reserve.
This has made Tom even hungrier to go one better at the 2016 Olympics in Rio and achieve his childhood dream as he would love to become the first British Olympic Judo
Tom helped in making an impact to young peoples’ lives and raising aspirations whilst working on the Sporting Champions programme, and is now looking to inspire your audience by sharing his secret of what it takes to be the best you can be!
Tom also inspires young people through his work for both the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust and the Youth Sport Trust as a national athlete mentor.