Janusz Pawlowski, the assistant coach for the Canadian national team, was 12 years old when he watched a judo competition on television. He knew right away that the sport was made for him, and started working hard to become one of the best.
Before he became a coach, Janusz had a prolific career as an athlete. He won silver in the under 65 kg at the Seoul Games in 1988, and bronze at the Moscow Games in 1980. He also made it three time on the podium in the World Championships and three times on the podium in the European Championships.
As a coach, he led two athletes to the gold in the 1997 Paris World Championships and in several other international competitions, including the European Championships. Janusz Pawlowski holds a degree from the Physical Education Academy of Gdansk, with a specialization in judo. He was inducted into the Polish Olympic Sport Hall of Fame in 2013.
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