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Canadian judo icon Nicolas Gill inducted into IJF Hall of Fame
12 Sep 2018 17:55
The IJF will add four times Olympian and double Olympic medallist Nicolas Gill to the IJF Hall of Fame. The former coach and current CEO will be entering the most prestigious Hall of Fame of his discipline, during the annual congress before the World Championships, on September 18 in Baku.
Nicolas Gill: “I didn’t realize how others perceived me. For me, I had a certain success, but it was never enough. There will always be this feeling of not accomplishing everything I wanted to. Knowing that the international governing body thought it was enough to be inducted puts things in perspective.” Nicolas Gill is the first and only Canadian amongst the 29 international inductees so far.
Nicolas Gill: “I think that in my case, it wasn’t only for my career as an athlete, but also as a coach. It’s a combination of both,” he added.
By looking at the list of judokas he’ll be joining in September, Nicolas Gill realizes the recognition he’ll be getting. “The other inductees are all exceptional judokas, and it’s a big honour to be amongst these legends. The biggest names in history are there. They are people that you admire when you get into judo, and you never even think about meeting them one day. Now, my name will be next to theirs!”
40 years ago, when he first stepped on the mats, the now 7th-degree black belt could never have imagined what his future was holding. Denis and Louise were there. They have supported their son since day 1, and all along the way. “My parents have been critical to my progression. Without their full commitment to my career, it would never have been possible,” said Nicolas Gill, granting them a part in his induction.
For several years, Nicolas Gill has been the leading figure of judo in Canada. His various roles made him the known figure of his discipline. His induction to the International Hall of Fame confirms his reputation around the world.
“Judo Canada is extremely happy that Nicolas Gill is to be elected to the International Judo Federation Hall of Fame. As an athlete, coach, high performance director and CEO for Judo Canada, Mr. Gill is Judo in Canada, and we couldn’t be prouder that his peers in the world have recognized his greatness and contribution to our sport,” declared Mike Tamura, President of Judo Canada.
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