Neil Eckersley

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Neil Eckersley
Medal record
Representing  Great Britain
Men's Judo
Olympic Games
Bronze medal – third place 1984 Los Angeles Extra Lightweight

Neil Eckersley (born 5 April 1964) is a retired judoka from the United Kingdom, who represented his native country at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California. There he won the bronze medal in the men's extra-lightweight division (– 60 kg), alongside USA's Edward "Ed" Liddie

Bronze Olympic medallist. Olympic British team captain. European medallist. Placed seventh at the world Championships. Winning a bronze medal in the light-weight division (-60 kg) of the 1987 Matsutarō Shoriki cup in Tokyo[1] likely made Eckersley to become the first British male judoka to win a medal during a major international tournament held in Japan. Since December 2014 Eckersley has held the rank of 7th dan awarded by the British Judo Association and International judo Federation.[2] Eckersley holds a Diploma in Sports Coaching from Herriott Watt University in Edinburgh, and in 2005 completed a Bachelor of Arts (Hon.) degree in Sports Studies at St. Martins College, Lancaster, today known as the University of Cumbria.

Eckersley is a judo instructor and from 2014 he has been head of the regional program in Judoregion West in Norway and club coach in Sandnes Judo Club.

Eckersley is a painter and digital artist and member of Art of the Olympians (AOTO).[3]


  1. ^ "Matsutaro Shoriki Cup Tokyo - Event". Retrieved 2018-08-02.
  2. ^ "BJA Dan Grade Register". Retrieved 2018-08-02.
  3. ^ "Art of the Olympians | Neil Eckersley". Retrieved 2016-03-25.