Glasgow 2014: Judo siblings target Commonwealth Games gold

Siblings Ben and Megan Fletcher hope to bring further glory to the Pinewood judo club in Berkshire by winning Commonwealth Games medals in Glasgow.

Ben, 22, a recent gold medallist at the British Open, will compete in the under-100kgs class, with sister Megan in the under-70kgs.

"I'm going there to win, always to win. I want to be top of the podium," 24-year-old Megan told BBC South Today.

"I believe we can both do it or at least medal," said Ben.

Pinewood club has produced past champions like Nicola Fairbrother, an Olympic silver medallist in 1992.

Overseeing them was Don Werner, club sensei for 50 years until his death earlier this year.

England's judo gold medallists

  • 1990, Auckland: Carl Finney, Roy Stone, David Southby, Densign White, Ray Stevens, Elvis Gordon, Karen Briggs, Sharon Rendle, Diane Bell, Sharon Mills, Jane Morris, Sharon Lee
  • 2002, Manchester: Craig Fallon, James Warren, Winston Gordon, Georgie Singleton, Karen Roberts, Samantha Lowe, Michelle Rogers, Simone Callender

"He was always really supportive and always wanted you to do your best," said Megan, who funds her training by working part-time near their base in Bath.

"He was a man of not many words at competition. The stuff we learned at Pinewood was just ingrained in you. You were always expected to do your best and train hard."

Ben and Megan provide support for each other while on the road at competitions, and both believe it is an important factor in their success.

"I think it's great that we're both seniors and are going away together," she said.

"I never get as nervous as I do when I'm supporting Ben and having him there while I'm fighting is useful as he's a better tactician then I am."

Ben added: "Growing up it was not really a rivalry more like fun between brother and sister.

"We have never been rivals we have always been supportive of each other."

Werner bred winners and the siblings are aiming high in Glasgow.

Judo is back in the Commonwealth Games after a 12-year gap and Ben believes they must make the most of the opportunity.

"The Olympics put it out there for everybody to see and it does not come around very often," he said.

"We don't know when it will come around again so we have to grab the opportunity with both hands while we've got it and do the best we can. To represent your home country is great."