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 excelled in visually-impaired judo, taking two gold medals at the 2011 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 Dojo.


2016 IBSA British Grand Prix 90 kg 5th
2016 IBSA German World Cup 90 kg 3rd
2016 IBSA Brazil World Cup 90 kg 3rd
2015 Parapan American Games 90 kg 4th
2014 World Championships 90 kg 7th
2012 Paralympic Games +100 kg 7th
2011 Parapan American Games +100 kg 3rd



2011 Guadalajara Parapan AmsJudoover 100kg - Menbronze


Games Sport Event Result
2016 Rio Paralympics Judo 90kg - Men 9
2012 London Paralympics Judo over 100kg - Men 7
Games Sport Event Result
2015 Toronto Parapan Ams Judo 90kg - Men 4
2011 Guadalajara Parapan Ams Judo over 100kg - Men 3