Nekoda Davis is a Judoka who competes regularly for Great Britain in the -57kg category. Since taking up Judo at age 6, Nekoda has gone on to reach the highest level of the sport, becoming a multiple British Champion, competing at tournaments all over the world and in 2017 became World Championship bronze medallist.
Her dedication and determination has led her to a series of great results in her career so far, including a gold medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. This followed on from her great performances at junior level, which included winning a bronze at the 2013 European Championships.
Nekoda’s success continued into 2015, winning gold at the Zagreb Grand Prix, British Open and a Silver at the Baku Grand Slam. In 2016, she also won bronze medals at the Samsun and Dusseldorf Grands Prix and represented Team GB at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, narrowly losing out in the last 16 to London 2012 bronze medallist Automne Pavia.
Following a wrist operation post-Rio, Nekoda kicked off her 2017 season at the Tblisi Grand Prix in March. Competing in -63kg – a category above her usual weight of -57kg – Nekoda finished in fifth place, a promising return to competition against tough opponents.
A further set back through a thumb injury meant 2017 was set to be the toughest both physically and mentally for Nekoda. Her determination, hard work and desire to succeed was worth it for Nekoda as she ended Great Britain’s medal drought at the World Judo Championships with a bronze in the -57kg category. Not since Euan Burton’s bronze in in 2010 had a British judoka climbed the medal rostrum at the global event.