Tony Walby

Tony Walby
Tony Walby first started practicing judo in 1980, at age seven, after taking an introductory class. He was instantly hooked. For 16 years, Walby was a member of the national able-bodied judo team. In his last year of competition, he earned the title of national heavyweight champion. Walby retired from able-bodied sport at age 35, around the same time he was declared legally blind. He has genetic cone dystrophy, which caused his sight to begin deteriorating significantly in his early 20s.

Two years later, when Walby learned that his visual impairment qualified him to compete in the Paralympics, he wasted no time and got right back to training. Walby competed in the Guadalajara Parapan American Games in 2011, where he won a bronze medal in the over 100kg division.

Today, Walby faces the challenges of balancing his competitive sport career with other aspects of his life such as family, work and friends. Nevertheless, he manages to train seven days a week at the Takahashi Dojo Club in Ottawa, ON. His motivation: a gold medal at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

Walby is a computer engineer.


2011 Guadalajara Parapan AmsJudoover 100kg - Menbronze


Games Sport Event Result
2015 Toronto Parapan Ams Judo 90kg - Men 4
2011 Guadalajara Parapan Ams Judo over 100kg - Men 3
Games Sport Event Result
2012 London Paralympics Judo over 100kg - Men 7