Elliot Stewart, right, is aiming for Paralympic success ©IBSA

Visually impaired British judoka Elliot Stewart has said there is more to come from him at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics after a strong 2019 season, despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the United Kingdom, gyms and training facilities remain closed and close proximity with those from outside your household is still banned.

To date, there have been more than 311,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the UK, resulting in the deaths of more than 43,500 people.

However, the European bronze medallist is focused ahead of next year's postponed Paralympics and thanked his coaches for keeping him guided during the pandemic.

"We have weekly video calls with the whole team just to catch up and keep everyone updated on our training and thoughts," Stewart said to the International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA) website.

"In this time, we have been training but have been focusing on personal things like completing courses, hitting personal goals and spending time with family.

"The activities that keep me positive are any type of activity with my family, so overall this has kept our team motivated."

Stewart is also trying to balance life with his three children and his wife, but has received support to help him carry on.

"Time is one of the biggest issues I have, I want to be with my family all day and I want to be training on the tatami all day which is impossible," he said.

"With the help of all staff at the British Judo Centre of Excellence, they have put in place a schedule and coping strategies to help with this.

"With this team behind me, I am able to compete at the level I do, be a father and a husband at the time time."

Stewart comes from a judo family and is the son of Seoul 1988 Olympic half-heavyweight bronze medallist Dennis Stewart.

He was diagnosed with keratoconus, an eye condition that causes the cornea to bulge and blur vision, which prompted him to move into visually impaired judo at university.

Stewart made his debut at the IBSA Judo European Championship in Walsall in Britain in 2017 and last year achieved two podium finishes at 90 kilograms.

After winning bronze at the European Championships, he took another bronze at the IBSA Judo International Qualifier in Fort Wayne in the United States.

He added: "This is a great result and I am very proud, but I know my best performance is yet to come.

"I haven't peaked yet and when I do if all goes to plan, I will be standing on the rostrum at the Paralympic Games.

"If I perform well the result will come – if I keep on training the way I'm training now, then I will be in with a chance to become Paralympic champion."