Double Olympian Euan Burton is looking to inspire the next generation of judo stars after taking up a leading coaching role within the sport.
The Edinburgh athlete, who competed at both the Beijing and London Games, has joined the sportscotland institute of sport as Assistant High Performance Judo Coach and will be based at JudoScotland’s National Training Centre in Ratho.
With a wealth of experience, which includes winning two World Championship and three European Championship medals, Burton is equipped with all the necessary attributes to help mould the talented crop of youngsters emerging within the sport.
The 33-year-old is relishing his new role, and said:
“I am really looking forward to the challenge.
“We have a fantastic coaching and support team at the institute and some talented and extremely hard working athletes who it will be a pleasure to work with.”
David Somerville, National High Performance Judo Coach at the institute, said:
“The judo programme is extremely excited to welcome Euan onto the coaching team moving towards Glasgow and on to Rio.
“He will be a real asset to what is already an excellent team and we believe that his experience will help to propel our athletes to even greater heights.”
Although Burton’s main focus will now be on coaching, he has not ruled out ending his glittering competitive career at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Burton hit the headlines during the London Olympics after giving an emotional interview in the wake of his defeat to Antoine Valois-Fortier of Canada, ending his medal hopes at the first hurdle.
Reflecting on the disappointment, he said: “I’m not fuelled by my failure at the Olympics, but by my love for judo. That was what fuelled me as an athlete and that is what will fuel me as a coach.
“I want to do the absolute best job I can as a coach, which was how I approached being an athlete, so I will definitely take that mindset into this new role.
“With the many positives I have had as a competitor, I will hopefully be able to replicate some of these experiences with the guys that I’m coaching.
“In sport there are always highs and lows, but it is about making sure that there are more highs throughout your career.”