SPORTING recognition can be measured in man – as South Shields judo star Sarah Clark is finding out after winning Commonwealth Games gold.
The 36-year-old, representing Scotland as she now lives there, won the under-63kg division on Friday night – and that might be good news for a stray cat in London.
Battersea Dogs and Cats Home is naming some of the animals in its care after every home nation gold medal winner at the games in Glasgow.
The world-famous animal charity hopes Sarah the cat will also win gold by landing her ultimate prize – a new home.
Home spokeswoman Dee McIntosh said: “We really hope domestic short-haired cat Sarah will find a loving home and can celebrate our judo champion’s win by finding a new family.
“Sarah definitely lives up to her namesake. She’s agile, intelligent and clearly has her eyes on the prize of a happy future.
“We hope that by naming some of our animals after our champion gold medallists, it will give them the second chance they’re looking for.”
Clark, a former European champion, was born in South Shields but now lives in Edinburgh and competes for Scotland, having moved there in 1996.