31 May 2012

NZ Judo rep for London Games

9:25 am on 31 May 2012

Auckland athlete Moira de Villiers has been selected to represent New Zealand in judo at the London Olympics.

The 22-year-old had to fight her way back through injury to compete in the under-70 kilogramme women's event, following a sternoclavicular injury in 2011.

That hindered the judoka's chances in last year's European season and a dislocated ring finger in the crucial semi-final round of the Commonwealth Championships in January 2012 almost ruled her out of contention.

In spite of the pain, de Villiers pushed on and won the event, ensuring her nomination to the Olympic Committee, taking out the single Oceania Continental qualification spot for New Zealand.

De Villiers is originally from South Africa but has been living on Auckland's North Shore since 2003. She's heading for her first Olympic Games and is targeting a top 10 finish.