Andre S. Watson, a former member of the U.S. Goalball National Team, was introduced to judo while helping with goalball and wrestling at a sports camp for blind youth. He attended a judo clinic at the camp and started training with coach Marc Vink a few months later. After three years of training, Watson made his way to the Paralympic Games in Beijing, China.
Watson became interested in judo because of his experience in wrestling. He said, "Judo gave me an opportunity to reconnect with that side of me that really loved wrestling."
He entered his first judo tournament in August 2005. He is the first blind athlete to win the Pennsylvania State Judo Championships.
While in high school, Watson wrestled and as a senior was named to the Third Team All-Public Wrestling Team. Watson also received the All-Public High School Sportsman of the Year Award in 1994. He continued to wrestle at the University of Pittsburgh, where he received his undergraduate degree in psychology. Watson was also a member of three goalball national championship teams.
Watson received his master's and doctorate degrees in clinical psychology from Widener University. His hobbies include languages, music, reading and playing chess. He is a board licensed clinical psychologist, specializing in family therapy, aggressive children/adolescents and adult relationship issues.
- 2008: U.S. Paralympic Team member, Judo - Paralympic Games, Beijing, China
- 2007: Gold medal, Pennsylvania State Judo Championships
- 2005: Silver medal, IBSA Pan Am Games, Sao Paulo, Brazil
- 2005: Bronze medal, IBSA Judo World Cup, Sao Paulo, Brazil
- 2002: Champion, USABA National Goalball Championships, Colorado Springs, Colo.
- 2002: Member, U.S. Paralympics Goalball National Team
- 1999: Champion, USABA National Goalball Championships, Colorado Springs, Colo.