Theo Spalding McIntosh

Theo Spalding McIntosh

Theo grew up in the east end of London and his mother introduced him to judo at just six-years-old in an attempt to find something for him to focus on and keep him out of trouble.
 
He was not instantly successful at the sport but found his feet as a teenager when he joined Willesden Judo Club. Here he won his first National Championship, aged only 15, and knew that he would be able to take this passion even further.

In total, Theo has been involved in judo for the past 20 years and spent 10 of those competing at the highest level for Great Britain. During this time, he travelled across the world, winning five more British Championships, two Commonwealth medals and achieving success at both the World Cup and European Cup.

However these great moments were not without their challenges and obstacles, leaving the city he grew up in and facing the mortality of those closest to him, his journey has been a rollercoaster of emotion and determination filled with sprinkles of success.

Now retired Theo has joined Sky Sports Living for Sport’s team of Athlete Mentors. “I can’t wait to start sharing some of my experiences and supporting young people in finding their passion,” he said when becoming an Athlete Mentor in 2016.

Sporting Achievements:

  • European Open Bronze Medallist
  • British Champion
  • Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist