Canadian Team returns from PanAm Championship

Wednesday September 8th, 2010

September 8, 2010


Toronto, ON – The Canadian Team of Visually Impaired Judoka, coached by Mr. Tom Thomson from Brantford, Ontario returned with the fully decorated team from Orlando, Florida, where the 2010 PanAmerican Championships took place this past weekend.


Justin Karn of Waterloo won the -60kg weight class and also placed third in a Light weights Open Division which included all fighters with less than 73 kg.


Tony Walby of Ottawa won the +100 kg and also won the Open weight division for all fighters heavier than 73 kg.


Timothy Rees of Waterloo won a silver medal in the -100 kg weight class and he also won a bronze medal in the Open weight division.


As much as the performances from Justin Karn and Timothy Rees are very satisfactory, they are also somewhat expected since both these athletes are not new to the Visually Impaired judo scene.


Tony Walby, however, only this year discovered that the visual impairment he is dealing with makes him eligible for participation in this stream of competition.  The former heavy weight National Champion decided at the age of 37 to give one more try at the competitive level and resumed his training with apparent results.  Tony's goal is the 2012 Paralympic podium.


"These results are representative of the many years of hard work and dedication by coach Tom Thomson and the athletes", said Brian Kalsen, President of Judo Ontario.  "They have made us all very proud" continued Kalsen.


Judo Ontario is a non-profit organization recognized by Judo Canada and the Ministry of Health Promotion and Sport as the provincial governing body for the sport of Judo in Ontario.


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