Judoka Alice Schlesinger has announced her retirement after competing at international level for 15 years ©Getty Images

World and European medallist Alice Schlesinger - who represented Israel and Britain on the international stage - has called time on her 15-year judo career.

Born and raised in Herzliya in Israel, Schlesinger competed for her country of birth until 2014 when she switched allegiances to Britain - the nationality of her mother.

Over the next five years, Schlesinger fought at five European Championships, winning bronze in 2017, and secured silver at the European Games in 2019.

She also made four appearances at the World Championships and featured at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Prior to switching to Britain, Schlesinger clinched bronze at the World Championships in 2009 and achieved the same colour medal at the European Championships in 2008, 2009 and 2012.

In total, Schlesinger competed at three Olympic Games, nine World and European Championships and eight World Masters.

The 32-year-old also has three Grand Slam titles and 12 Grand Prix medals to her name but has now decided to leave the sport.

"From a social aspect, I will miss travelling with the team and meeting up with my team-mates after not seeing them in so long, as I live in Israel," said Schlesinger, who is also a two-time sambo world champion.

Alice Schlesinger represented Israel before switching allegiances to Britain ©Getty Images
Alice Schlesinger represented Israel before switching allegiances to Britain ©Getty Images

"From a judo perspective I will miss getting on the mat and fighting, giving it my all and having that exhausted feeling at the end of the fight."

Schlesinger plans to study for a master’s degree in clinical psychology following the successful completion of her psychology degree.

"One of the reasons for stepping away from the mat now is to give myself the best possible chance of being accepted onto the master’s degree next year," added Schlesinger.

"I have to finish my degree this year to be considered, so I will be swapping my training for studying.

"I started studying psychology three years ago and I consider myself extremely lucky to have found something that I am just as passionate about, and I now want to see how far I can get in this aspect of my life."

Nigel Donohue, performance director for British Judo, said it was a "privilege" to work with Schlesinger during what he described as an "outstanding" career.

"Alice has an intense and fantastic attacking judo attitude, who is exciting to watch, and one such performance that stands out for me was when Alice comprehensively won the 2017 Baku Grand Slam, spending just over two minutes in total on the competition mat," said Donohue.

"We fully respect the decision that Alice has made and are grateful to have had the benefit of having her as a part of our team and wish her well for her future.

"In both Pavel, her coach, and Alice, we have made some great judo friends on and off the mat who will always be a part of our team."