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Former Team USA Paralympic Judo Coach Willy Cahill Receives Lifetime Achievement Award from USA Judo

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"One of my father's goals was to have a student of his make it to the Olympics," Coach Cahill told me. That dream was realized a few times over, as Cahill himself coached both the 1984 and 1988 USA Olympic Judo teams and several of its team members came through his academy in San Bruno, CA. His commitment to Judo for the visually impaired is just as strong, leading the 2000 and 2004 US Paralympic teams, and training 2012 Team USA Paralympians Jordan Mouton & Christella Garcia. Mouton, you may recall, was the subject of the "Blind Judoka" web series last year, following her path to the London 2012 Paralympics that was ultimately cut short due to injury. Both she and Garcia - who was in attendance on Friday night to pay tribute to her coach - are aiming to compete at the 2016 games in Brazil, and are supported with financial assistance, training and coaching through the Blind Judo Foundation. Check out Episode 4 of "Blind Judoka" for an inside look at Coach Cahill working with Jordan Mouton in 2012...

 


Coach Cahill was also recognized by Congresswoman Jackie Speier - a former student of his in the bay area - in the Congressional Record for his achievements, and by the Governor of Hawaii, who named July 19, 2013 "Willy Cahill Day" in the state. For a man who has taught so many the essence of "The Gentle Way," this was a night to celebrate with family and friends, former students and fellow coaches, and reflect on a long and decorated career.

 

Congratulations Coach Willy Cahill on your Lifetime Achievement Award!


Coach Will Cahill & Ron Peck, Blind Judo Foundation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 






Coach Willy Cahill (L) and Ron Peck (R), co-founders of the Blind Judo Foundation

 

 

Coach Willy Cahill and his family at the Night of Champions

 

 































Coach Willy Cahill and his family celebrate his Lifetime Achievement Award at the USA Judo Night of Champions

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