Claire Shiach

Head of Performance / Trustee

Claire Shiach (McDonald) started helping with Pro Judo around 2016, I have enjoyed judo for 42 years, at 17 I earned my place in the Senior British Squad and from there on went on to win a host of International medals including Commonwealth and European.

Here is Claire’s favourite technique, Judo player and moment

  • Technique : Any form of Seio nage and Sangaku-jime
  • Judo Player : I don’t have a favourite. I just like to see an awesome Ippon from anyone, any age
  • Favourite Judo Moment : At 17 being presented with my black belt after winning the Scottish Championships, also marching out to the good old Scottish bagpipes at the Commonwealth Games

I started Judo at 15 at that time I was a SCUBA diver, gymnast and a senior brown belt at Karate. After just one night at Judo, I knew immediately that it was the sport for me, I ditch all my other sports and focused one. Judo showed me the world as I had the pleasure of travelling to many different countries representing Team GB, I also made lifelong friends and still share fantastic memories with them. Judo is my second family, it has influenced my life in so many ways and for that I am grateful.

Professional Life:

I worked for the Ministry of Defence for 20 year, then 15years as a High Performance Strength & Conditioning Coach for Sports Scotland. I became a mum at 39 at daughter is my number 1 priority.



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