Tony Walby


Taking up judo at the age of seven, Tony Walby fought alongside sighted athletes into his mid-thirties despite the effects of cone dystrophy, a deteriorating genetic condition. 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. A 12-time Senior National Medalist in sighted judo, Walby quickly exceled in visually-impaired judo, taking two gold medals at the 2010 Parapan American Championships.


On the tatami, Walby’s greatest achievements include a bronze medal at the Guadalajara 2011 Parapan American Games, as well as seventh place at the London 2012 Paralympic Games and the 2014 World Championships.


A family man, Walby cites his children as his ultimate success and expresses admiration for his parents and the support they offered throughout his athletic career. He works as a computer engineer with the Correctional Service of Canada. He trains in Ottawa at Takahashi Martial Arts.


  • 2010 Parapan American Championships – Gold (100+kg)
  • 2013 Parapan American Championships – (-90kg) - Bronze
  • 2010 Parapan American Championships – (Open Weight) – Gold
  • 2011 Guadalajara Parapan American Games – bronze (100+kg)



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