Tom Thomson - Judo
Date of Birth: May 7, 1947
Birth Place: Hamilton, ON
Hometown: Ancaster, ON
Residence: Brantford, ON
Tom Thomson has been coaching for 28 years. His involvement in judo started out as an athlete, but he later turned to coaching. In 1984, Thomson was faced with a challenge when he was presented with his first athlete with a visual impairment. Having had no experience with athletes with a disability, he built a programme through trial and error. Thomson has since lectured in university classrooms on this subject and has even contributed a section to the Judo Canada instructor’s manual.
Today, Thomson is the national team coach for Paralympic judo and is aiming to medal with all three of his athletes in London, which will be his fourth participation at the Paralympic Games. In 2011, Thomson led his three athletes to three bronze medals at the Guadalajara Parapan American Games.
The athletes he has coached throughout the years have won one Paralympic bronze medal, two World bronze medals, five Parapan American gold medals, four Parapan American silver medals, and six Parapan American bronze medals, as well as a number of regional medals.