Sunday, November 10, 2013

Ashley McKenzie | I : 'Aesthetically Pleasing'

Ashley McKenzie • Judo Athlete

Ashley McKenzie | Judo Athlete
Born 17th July 1989 | In Queen's Park, London, England | Height: 1.62m (5'3¾")
Image by Mark Barnfield © Carousel Calendars

Ashley is a judo athlete who competed for Team GB at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Competing in the under 60kg category, he won his first World Cup title in February 2011. Ashley's mother introduced her son to the sport after he had a row with someone over Pokémon cards aged 11.

Growing up in North London, Ashley's childhood was blighted by behavioural and health problems. He wore a hearing aid, had asthma, eczema and a heart operation at 18 months old. Ashley was diagnosed with Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) as a child, after his mother was forced to admit him to a psychiatric unit for six months.

The condition has got Ashley into trouble all his life and in the last few years he's been banned from the British judo squad four times for misconduct. He talked about how ADHD affects his life as a competitive sportsman in a documentary for BBC Three called 'The Bad Boy Olympian'.
"I used to be a bad boy," Ashley admits. "I didn't think I would succeed at anything. But you find your own way and judo saved me."

In August 2012, Ashley became a contestant on the tenth series of 'Celebrity Big Brother'. He made it through to the final, eventually finishing in fifth place.


Duck and Cover SS13

Fashion brand Duck and Cover chose Ashley to front their Spring/Summer 2013 campaign.

Uploaded on DuckandCoverClothing.

Ashley McKenzie's Calendar • 2014
Ashley McKenzie • Judo Athlete
Ashley McKenzie • Judo Athlete
Ashley McKenzie • Judo Athlete
Ashley McKenzie • Judo Athlete
Ashley McKenzie • Judo Athlete
Ashley McKenzie • Judo Athlete
Ashley McKenzie's Calendar • 2014
Images by Mark Barnfield © Carousel Calendars

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