Grangemouth’s Jayne credits judo skills for her success in wrestling

Jayne hopes to compete for Scotland at next year's Commonwealth Games
Jayne hopes to compete for Scotland at next year's Commonwealth Games
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Judo, wrestling, fire-fighting. Is there anything Jayne Clason participates in that doesn’t involve some sort of fighting?

“Well yes, I have played football for Dunfermline Ladies,” she told Heraldsport. It should be noted, that Clason, as well as being a two-time British wrestling champion, is a Bairns fan.

Living in Grangemouth she heads to Westfield as often as possible, or that her wrestling and new career in the fire service allows.

Opportunities to watch the team might become fewer and fewer as Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games approach in 13 months time. Clason’s latest success in south Wales puts her halfway towards qualification for next year’s big event.

“Certain events are also qualifiers and you have to complete two. I’ve won this one so I’m halfway there.”

Another would have been the Commonwealth championships, where the 28-year-old could have added the second qualification point to her name after her win in the 51kg category at Welshpool.

“The competition has been postponed,” she added. “It was meant to be in a few weeks’ time but it’s been put off until August or September.

“It’ll be held in the Commonwealth Arena in Glasgow, a dry run for the competition itself next year. The Emirates Arena is also where I train since we moved from Bellahouston in Glasgow.”

The training change hasn’t hampered her. Last year she won the same trophy after making the successful switch earlier in her sporting career from judo to wrestling.

“They are similar in some ways,” she added, “so the change wasn’t too bad.”

Neither was the change that saw her pull on the shirt of Dunfermline, her favourite football team’s fiercest rivals.

Clason plied her trade on the wing for the Pars, but football takes a back-seat to wrestling – and work at the fire station – at the moment.

“I’ve always liked football and dropped into training every now and again. Training for the wrestling is quite intensive now so I want to give it my best in the year up to Glasgow 

“I want to follow up the British championship in the Commonwealth championship and qualify.”