Nathan Katz will get the chance to make his Olympic debut in Rio after two strong years which has seen him claim back-to-back -66kg Oceania Championships.
Having won three straight national junior titles between 2012-14, Katz won the junior Oceania Championship in 2014. After initially believing Tokyo 2020 was more realistic, he announced himself as a strong contender to make the Rio Team by winning both the junior and senior titles.
He secured his first top ten at World Championship level when he finished 9th at the 2015 junior World Championships in Abu Dhabi. He kept up his strong form at the Tokyo Grand Slam in late 2015 when he upstaged many of his more fancied rivals to claim 7th.
With significant Olympic ranking points on offer, Katz secured his second Oceania Championship in 2016. The 21-year-old defeated New Caledonian David Mai to all but seal his spot on his debut Olympic Team.
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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- Rio will be Olympic debut
- 9th - World Masters (Guadalajara, Mexico)
- 1st - 2016 Oceania Championships (Canberra, Australia)
- 7th – 2015 Tokyo Grand Slam (Tokyo, Japan)
- 7th – 2015 Oceania Open (Wollongong, Australia)
- 1st – 2015 Sydney Open (Sydney, Australia)
- Winning back-to-back Oceania Championships in 2015-16 to help secure Rio 2016 qualification.
- Claiming my first top ten World Championships result when I was 9th at the 2015 Junior World Championships.
- Placing 7th at the 2015 Tokyo Grand Slam.
- Northmead Primary School, NSW, Australia
- William Clarke College, NSW, Australia
- Bachelor of Sport Business - ACPE (2015-current)
Rob & Kerrye Katz (2002 - current) & Luke Preston (2013 - current)
Budokan Judo Club, Castle Hill, Sydney, Australia + Camberley Judo Club (UK)
Primary Training Base
Secondary Training Base
- Exact same routine as i walk onto the competition mat at any competition.
- Favourite food
- Steak or a Big Breakfast
- Favourite holiday destination
- Malaysia or Miami
- Dream car
- Lamborghini Huracan
- Most Inspiring Olympic Performance?
- Derek Redmund 1992 Olympics & Jae Bum Kim London 2012 (Korea)
- Why this sport?
- Born into it through my Mum and Dad. Obsessed with it since I was a kid and I've never looked back.