Josh Katz (judo) makes his Commonwealth Games debut in Birmingham alongside older brother Nathan Katz, the pair becoming the second set of brothers to represent Australia in the sport at the Commonwealth Games after Steven Hill and Thomas Hill in Manchester in 2002. Josh – who competes in the 60kg – and Nathan are second-generation judo fighters. Their mother Kerrye represented Australia when women’s judo was a demonstration sport at the Seoul 1988 Olympics and was coached by their dad Rob. Josh and Nathan both competed at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, becoming the first brothers to represent Australia in the sport at that level. Josh won his division at the Australian junior championships in 2013 and 2014, winning four straight junior Oceania titles between 2012-15. His second of four straight senior Oceania titles (2015-18) in 2016 was enough to qualify for Rio, where the then 18-year-old became the youngest male judoka to represent Australia at an Olympic Games. Josh recently joined Nathan in Melbourne to train at the CombatAus National Performance Centre and is studying for a business degree through the University of Canberra. He became a big fan of baking during the COVID-19 pandemic and is especially adept at carrot cakes.
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