At 18 years and 220 days (at the time of the Rio 2016 Opening Ceremony), Josh Katz will become Australia’s youngest ever male judoka at an Olympic Games when he makes his debut at Rio. He is the fifth youngest Australian Olympian to compete in judo with 1972 Montreal Olympian Robin Moffitt the youngest at 16 years and 164 days.
A star in the junior ranks, Katz won the junior national championships in 2013 and 2014 and four straight junior Oceania Championships between 2012-15.
In what was a breakout year, 2015 saw Katz win the junior and senior national titles and also claim the all-important senior Oceania title to significantly improve his chances of qualifying for Rio.
He defended his Oceania title in 2016 to see him jump into the top 22 in the Olympic adjusted rankings and gain automatic qualification for Rio.
He will head to the Games alongside older brother Nathan Katz. The duo will be Australia’s first set of brothers to compete in judo at the same Games for Australia. Their mother Kerrye competed at the Seoul 1988 Olympics when judo was a demonstration sport while their father Robert was a coach on that Team.
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Baulkham Hills, NSW, Australia
Northmead, NSW, Australia
- Rio will be Olympic debut
- 1st - 2016 Oceania Championships (Canberra, Australia)
- 5th – Pan American Open (Lima, Peru)
- 3rd – African Open (Tunis, Tunisia)
- 7th – 2015 Oceania Open (Wollongong, Australia)
- 1st – 2015 Australian Championships (Wollongong, Australia)
- Qualifying for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games
- Winning bronze at the 2016 Tunisia African Open
- Winning gold at the 2015 and 2016 Oceania Championships
- Northmead Primary School (NSW, Australia)
- William Clarke College (NSW, Australia)
- Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science/Bachelor of Sports Management - University of Canberra (2016 - current)
Rob & Kerrye Katz (2002 - current) & Luke Preston (2013 - current)
Camberley Judo Club & Budokan Judo Club
Primary Training Base
Secondary Training Base
- Same routine walking out before each fight at every competition
- Favourite food
- Pizza and Ice-cream
- Favourite holiday destination
- Miami Malaysia
- Favourite music
- Fuse ODG
- Dream car
- Personal Motto
- I am a champion
- Star Sign
- I would spend my last $10 on
- Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream
- If I could try another Olympic sport it would be
- Most Inspiring Olympic Performance?
- Tadahiro Nomura - 3 x Olympic Judo Champion (U/60kg)
- First Olympic Memory?
- Sydney 2000 Opening Ceremony
- Most Influential person in your career/life
- My brother Nathan
- Why this sport?
- The lessons and skills learnt in both training and competition are very rewarding and the success achieved brings more fulfilment than any other sport