The Lord Mayor with Chelsie

Judo star Chelsie Giles, who won bronze at the Tokyo Games, has been named as Coventry’s latest Good Citizen.

She received her award from Coventry Lord Mayor Cllr John McNicholas at this week’s Full Meeting of the City Council at the Coventry Building Society Arena.

Chelsie’s success in the 52kg event was Team GB’s first medal of the Games this summer.

Chelsie started her sporting life as a keen swimmer, dancer and gymnast, but after watching her brother take part in judo classes, decided to try the sport when she was aged just eight - and never looked back.

She quickly rose through the ranks at Coventry Judo Club and at 13 had to decide between judo and gymnastics opting for the sport that was to bring her Olympic glory at the age of 24.

Chelsie made her senior international debut in 2017 and her successes in the 52kg category have included a silver medal at the 2018 Antalya Grand Prix as well as bronze in the 2018 Budapest Grand Prix and the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam and bronze in the 2019 European Games.

Part of the citation which explains why Chelsie was given the honour, says: “She is an excellent ambassador for her home city and her success is helping to inspire other young athletes – from judo and other sports – as she has shown what can be achieved through hard work and dedication.

“Chelsie has helped to raise the city’s profile as a sporting city and as a judo city as Coventry prepares to host the sport as part of the 2022 Commonwealth Games. Chelsie carries herself in a manner which defies her age. She is a true inspiration and role model for all.

“Her dedication and love for her sport justly reflect her character and she is well deserving of this Good Citizen Award.”

​​If anyone would like to nominate someone for a Good Citizen Award they can fill out an online application.

Published: Wednesday, 8th September 2021