Date of birth : 01/07/1997
Weight : -70kg
Nationality : Belgium
Gold : Belgian Championship ‘16 ‘17 ‘18 / Junior European Cup Gdynia 2017 / Junior European Cup Kaunas 2017 / Junior European Cup Zürich 2016
Silver : Grand Slam Düsseldorf 2020 / Grand Prix Cancún 2018
Bronze : Grand Slam Tbilisi 2021 / Grand Prix Montreal 2019 / Grand Prix Den Haag 2018 / Cont. Open Warsaw 2018 / Jr. World Cup Croatia 2017 /
Cont. Open Prague 2017
Gabriella Willems is a Belgian professional Judoka (-70 kg women) who grew up in Barchon and attended school in Verviers. Initially, she practiced gymnastics and swimming, before she joined Judo Club Andrimont. After winning several Junior European Cups and becoming Belgian champion in 2016, 2017 and 2018, she managed to achieve some medals at the highest level. Her achievements include silver at the Grand Prix of Cancun in October 2018 and at the Grand Slam of Düsseldorf in February 2020. In addition, she won bronze at the Grand Prix of The Hague in November 2018, at the Grand Slam of Montreal in 2019 and at the Grand Slam of Tbilisi in March 2021.
In April 2021, she suffered a severe knee injury at the Antalya Grand Slam, tearing her ligaments. As a result, she missed the Summer Olympics in Tokyo. She’s now determined to qualify and get a good result at the next Olympics in Paris in 2024.