Commonwealth Gold medalist with family at Ashridge Garden Centre

The 24-year-old judoka visited Ashridge Manor Garden Centre, in Forest Road, run by her father Vic and family with her Commonwealth medal

Judo gold medallist Megan Fletcher was given a warm welcome home in Wokingham as she celebrated her Commonwealth Games success with family.

The 24-year-old judoka visited Ashridge Manor Garden Centre, in Forest Road, run by her father Vic and family on Wednesday.

Her dad and mum Alma, older brothers Stuart and Vic and niece and nephew Kurt and Jasmine were among the group of smiling faces who couldn?t wait to catch a glimpse of the shining medal.

Megan said: ?It still doesn?t feel real.

?Because after the event I was still in the athlete?s village it?s been like I?ve been in a bubble for the last two weeks.

?Now I?ve come out and seen my family and friends it?s mental.

?I?ve had so many cards and things saying congratulations, it?s just so nice.?

The former The Emmbrook School pupil has decided to take a step back from her full-time job as a geography teacher to concentrate on training for the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

She said: ?Rather than having a full-time contract I?m going to be a substitute teacher.

?I?ve got two years now to get to Rio and have to be in the top 14 of my weight class in the world to be selected.

?I also have to be the best in the UK so I need to carry on with the training I?ve been doing for the last seven years.

?It?s a slow process but I just need to keep going.?

Megan, who used to train with Pinewood Judo Club in Old Wokingham Road, dedicated her win to her former coach Don Werner who lost his battle with cancer earlier this year.

She said: ?I?d want him to be proud of me but my other coaches have also helped so much including Juergen Klinger who?s my coach in Bath and Luke Preston who is the England coach.

?A lot of people have helped get me where I am.?

Megan?s dad, who watched his daughter compete in Glasgow, said: ?It was just lovely having Megan home – we?ve not really touched the ground yet.

?We went up and saw it and she was just gobsmacking.

?She wasn?t expecting to beat the Scottish girl and then she beat the Kiwi too!

?When we saw her win her gold medal I just cried like a baby ? we all did. I still do every time I think about it or watch it back.?

Megan defeated Moira de Villers of New Zealand in the U70kg class at the games last month.

Current Team GB judoka, Sally Conway who competed in the London 2012 Olympics, won bronze in Glasgow for Scotland.


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