WHO? Bacup’s Cox, 30, has been competing since the age of six, earning her black belt at the age of 15. She became British champion the year after.

IN THE GB TEAM? Places for judo Team GB have yet to be confirmed but Cox is leading the way in the 52kg category and is favourite to win the place.

MEDAL? A leading contender. She wants to address the irritation of never taking gold in a major international competition.

QUOTE: It would be very exciting just going to the London Olympics but there’s no point going at all unless I get a medal – and when I say a medal I mean nothing less than gold.