Jessica Klimkait

Date of birth: December 31, 1996

Weight division: 57 kg

Height: 5’4”

Hometown: Whitby, Ontario

Residence: Montreal, Quebec

Judo Club: Ajax Budokan Judo Club

Personal Coach: Kevin Doherty

Training place: Judo Canada National Training Centre at INS-Québec in Montreal

National Team Coach: Sasha Mehmedovic



  • 2019 – Grand Slam Paris – Silver medallist
  • 2018 – IJF World Masters – Bronze medallist
  • 2018 – Grand Slam Osaka – Gold medallist
  • 2017 – Pan-American Champion
  • 2013 – World U18 Championships Champion (52 kg)



  • Born in Whitby, Ontario, she started practising Judo after seeing her father, himself a judoka, in action. She comes from the renowned Ajax Budokan Club under the leadership of Kevin Doherty.


  • She continued her development at the Toronto Regional Training Center created in 2012 under the supervision of Pedro Guedes, then Provincial Coach.


  • In 2013, in Miami at the U18 World Championships, she became the first Canadian ever to win the title of World Champion.


  • In October 2016, she moved to Montreal to continue her training at the National Training Center.


  • In 2017 she won her first medal in Grand Slam, finishing 3rd in Ekaterinburg.


  • In  2018 she wins three medals in Grand Prix, becomes the first Canadian in history to win the prestigious Osaka Grand Slam, wins bronze in the IJF World Masters (invitation only tournament) and finishes the year in second place on the IJF ranking for the Olympic games.


  • She started 2019 in a remarkable way by finishing 2nd at the Paris Grand Slam.


  • Her ultimate goal is to become world champion and Olympic champion.




Currently studying Early childhood education



  • Facebook: Jessica Klimkait
  • Twitter: @jessicaklimkait
  • Instagram: jessicaklimkait


For the entire list of Jessica’s results, please consult her JudoInside: page:


Photos cc Rafal Burza and Tom Taylor:


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