Ulla Werbrouck was one the most successful Belgian judoka in the 1990s. From 1994 to 2001, she won seven European titles, and added six more medals. She also won four medals at World Championships, but never took the title, losing the final to Sibelis Veranes in both 1995 and 1999. The highlight of her career came in 1996, when she defeated Japan’s Yoko Tanabe by ippon in the Olympic final. Werbrouck, coached by the successful Belgian judo coach Jean-Marie Dedecker, quit in 2002 follow a loss in the Paris tournament she won three times. When her former coach, Dedecker, formed his own political party in 2007, Werbrouck joined him and was elected into the Belgian Chamber of Representatives.