Nathan Katz (judo) is making his debut at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham in the men’s 66kg where he is hoping to become just the second Australian male to win gold after Thomas Hill (under 73kg) in Manchester in 2002. Nathan – a two-time Olympian (2016, 2020) and Australia’s only male judoka in Tokyo – and younger brother Josh Katz inherited their love for the Japanese martial art from their parents, both of whom were judo fighters. Their mother Kerrye Katz (nee Daniels) represented Australia when women’s judo was a demonstration sport at the Seoul 1988 Olympics, coached by their dad Robert. Josh also competed at Rio 2016 Olympic Games where the pair were the first brothers to represent Australia in judo at the same Olympics. Nathan claimed three consecutive Australian junior titles between 2012 and 2014, then the Oceania multiple junior and senior crowns. He came 7th at the Junior World Championships in 2015 before sealing his spot for Rio. He narrowly missed a win in his first bout in 2016 but reached the last 16 in Tokyo 2020. As well as being a huge fan of the Parramatta Eels in the National Rugby League, Nathan is chair of CombatAus Athletes’ Advisory Committee and an ambassador for causes including Lifeline and the Black Dog Institute.
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