Team Scotland judoka Kimberley Renicks is hoping to claim family bragging rights as she sets her sights on taking her sister Louise's -52kg Commonwealth title in Birmingham.

Renicks, who claimed gold in the -48kg division at Glasgow 2014, has moved up a weight category - as Judo returns to the schedule after it was excluded from Gold Coast 2018 - as a late call-up to replace the injured Hannah Wood in the -52kg class.

The 34-year-old enjoys a healthy rivalry with her older sister but her winning mentality is pushing her to realise her ambition of winning a second Games title at two different weights.

She said: "That's the running theme in the family - whether I can take my sister's title off her.

"Louise is now my personal coach and she will be cheering me from the sidelines in Coventry. We have always been supportive of each other and pushed each other.

"When we have fought each other in the same category we just go for it. She's just someone else in the way.

"It's 7-0 to her in competitions but she's retired now so it's my chance to get one back and take the Commonwealth title from her."

Renicks takes on Sofia Asvesta of Cyprus on Monday as the action gets under way at Coventry Arena with Scotland hoping to defend six titles.

Team England also celebrated six gold medals at the Glasgow Games and 2014 -60kg champion Ashley McKenzie spearheads their march for glory this time around.

The 33-year-old admitted he could have gone down a very different path and may have even ended up in prison - had he made some wrong choices - but Judo put him on a route that set him straight and he has not looked back since.

He said: "Judo really did change my life.

"I had two choices, really. I was in a special school and I was always in trouble. I could have gone on and took drugs, maybe ended up in jail, or go down the judo route.

Judo really did change my life. I could have gone on and took drugs, maybe ended up in jail, or go down the judo route
Ashley McKenzie

"I could never imagine myself working in a supermarket or anything like that. There was no choice really - it had to be judo."

McKenzie suffered a first-round defeat to Karamat Huseynov of Azerbaijan at the Tokyo Olympics last year but is determined to bounce back from that disappointment at Coventry Arena.

He added: "I didn't have my own coach and my training partner was in a higher weight category but I have used that bad experience in Tokyo as an extra motivation."

With 14 titles up for grabs in the Judo this summer, McKenzie is first up against the winner of one of two round-of-32 matches as he looks to secure a place in the quarter-finals on Monday.