Michelle Vidler – Judo
Michelle Vidler (formerly Rogers) is a British judo practitioner, who competed at the 2008 Summer Olympics in the 78kg class.
What made you want to become an athlete?
I never set out thinking I could be an ‘athlete’ but managed to achieve it via small stepping stones and achievements in my sport.
What has been your proudest moment to date?
Commonwealth Games champion, World University Games champion, and Junior European champion.
What does your typical day involve?
Before my retirement from the sport I was training on average 5-6 days a week, twice a day. These training sessions were made up of a combination of judo fighting, judo drills, strength and conditioning work, flexibility and injury prevention, and rehabilitation exercises.
Who or what inspires you to get up in a morning?
Sunshine and breakfast! I have so much to do so love to get up and at ‘em!
What do your friends and family think about what you do?
They are all very proud of me.
How did you get to where you are today?
I took A-levels in biology and psychology, before completing a Sports Science degree. Since then I have gained qualifications in sports massage and personal training in order for me to set up my own business.
Looking back, is there anything you would change/do differently if you could?
Firstly, I would change the assessment of my biomechanics work as some information on injury prevention as a teenager may have prevented a major shoulder problem which blighted my career in later years and continues to hinder me physically even now.
Secondly, I would look for more support on eating habits and attitudes for my teenage years.
What advice would you give to someone thinking of following in your path?
Go for it! Never hold yourself back or think you’re not capable. Believe in yourself and commit to something you love doing and you will be amazed what that takes you.
How do you use sports science to support your training/performance?
In the latter years of my career, sports science services were a great support to my performance. The strength and conditioning coach, sport psychologist and performance analyst all became vital parts of my team.
Are there any specific areas of science that you use to help you to maximise your performance?
Intervention from a doctor and his referral to a specialist nutritionist to address a problem which was impacting on my performance and my life drastically improved things for me. It became a real turning point in the right direction in my career and my life generally.
What kind of hobbies do you do to relax?
I love restoring old things including chairs and other furniture, and sometime even houses. I also enjoy writing.
Have there been any embarrassing moments?
Many! One that springs to mind is when I had my t-shirt torn whilst I was competing during my adolescence, leaving me standing there unaware that I was completely exposed!