New Judo Initiation Program for Visually Impaired students


Judo Canada is very pleased to announce a new judo initiation program for visually impaired athletes at the Jacques-Ouellette school. The school is the only school in the greater Montreal area to offer services for visually impaired students. The initiative was developed in partnership with the Club de Judo Haut-Richelieu and partially funded by the Canadian Paralympic Committee. The program will allow students of all ages to try a new sport in a safe environment during their lunch hour. A total of 24 students (12 high-school students, 12 elementary-school students) will be able to participate in 1 session/week for 12 weeks. Students who want to continue after the initiation program will be invited to join a local judo club to refine their technique and try the competitive program.

Students will also have the chance to spend some quality time with Canada’s best paralympic athletes. A majority of the national para team athletes live nearby and they have already agreed to visit the school to help out and share their passion with the students enrolled in the program. “Judo Canada’s objective is to start a program to recruit athletes who might end up on the national paralympic team, and the school gets free classes to allow their students to discover a new sport in which they can thrive and discover a new passion, so it’s a win-win situation,” said Andrzej Sadej, Sport Director at Judo Canada. The initiative aligns with one of Judo Canada’s key strategy for 2017-2024, which is to develop new programs for athletes with a disability.

Sadej added, “Judo Canada is extremely proud that our community is stepping up in an effort to promote Paralympic judo to the visually impaired population. We wish the Club de Judo Haut-Richelieu great success and we will gladly provide promotion and resources in this project.”

Classes will be given on Tuesdays and Thursdays by Sandra Hewson, coach at the Club de Judo Haut-Richelieu, starting on February 6, 2018.


Written by Sarah Mailhot for Judo Canada

Patrick Esparbès
Chief Operating Officer
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