TEESSIDE judoka Rachel Jackson has been celebrating on two fronts after claiming her second national title and securing a call-up to Great Britain's junior international judo squad.

Jackson, who is 19, represents the Tees Valley Judo Club, which is based in Middlesbrough.

She claimed her third National gold medal at the British National Judo Championships, which were staged at the Institute of Sport in Sheffield.

Despite having only recently moved up to the Women's Junior Under-63kgs category, the teenager successfully moved through the various preliminary stages of the National Championships.

Another confident performance in the semi-finals booked her a place in the final, and after claiming the lead via an ippon, when an opponent is thrown to the floor, Jackson saw the bout out with a series of impressive groundwork moves.

Her victory secured a third National title, which means she is now able to wear the coveted 'Gold Fs' on her judo suit. The 'Gold Fs' are only awarded to judokas who have won three gold medals at the Nationals.

As well as enabling her to claim a third National title, Jackson's performances in Sheffield also cemented her place on Great Britain's Junior squad, which feeds into the senior pathway for Olympic-standard athletes.

Jackson trains with her 19-year-old sister Eve, who also competed in the National Championships and finished in fifth position in the same Women's Junior Under-63kgs section.

The pair's coach, Liam Doody, was unable to attend the competition because of Covid, with Simon Church providing mat-side coaching on the day.