A Great Night for Judo at the Ontario Sports Awards

Friday April 11th, 2014


For the first time, Judo had three successful nominees in three categories at the Ontario Sport Awards on Thursday April 11th.

Since 1965 the Ontario Sport Awards have annually recognized athletes and coaches who have distinguished themselves nationally or internationally in the previous year, as well as volunteers who have contributed to the development of amateur sports in Ontario.  A selection committee of experts is appointed by the Sport Alliance of Ontario from the Sport Community who are tasked to select three finalists from various categories from a pool of potential nominees coming from 85 recognized Provincial Sporting Associations.

Judo Ontario was very proud to have two finalists for the first time ever in both the Coach of the Year and Female Athlete of the Year categories.   

In addition the winner of the Syl Apps Award was Steve Sheffield for his outstanding contribution to Judo as a volunteer and the ongoing development of special projects for Judo Ontario.  

A congratulations goes out to Pedro Guedes to be selected as one of three finalists of the Coach of the Year.  

Jessica Klimkait recieving an award from Judo Canada for her Gold Medal performance at the 2013 Cadet Word ChampionshpsAnother congratulations goes out to Jessica Klimkait who not only was a finalist in the Female Athlete of the year category, but went on to win the Female Athlete of the Year Award along with Figure Skating's Patrick Chan, who won Male Athlete of the Year.  Michael Chan, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport and Minister Responsible for the Pan/Parapan American Games was the presenter of these awards.
A special congratulation goes out to Jessica’s family and her coach Kevin Doherty of the Budokan Judo Club.

It was great night for Judo and a testament to all the great work that is being done to create a pathway to podium and to raise the level of Judo in Ontario. 

All members of Judo Ontario should be proud of the strong presence Judo had at the Ontario Sports Awards this year.
Brian Kalsen, President

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