Judo Clinic & Tournament for Blind and Visually Impaired Athletes

Feb. 26, 2009, 3:06 p.m. (ET)
Colorado Springs, Colo. - The United States Association of Blind Athletes (USABA) is pleased to announce a developmental judo clinic being held Wednesday, February 25th - Sunday, March 1, 2009. Fourteen blind and visually impaired athletes are attending with the goal of competing in the 2012 London Paralympic Games, two of which are from Sweden. 

"We are currently developing the blind judo program in the United States and we are looking forward to working with these athletes, as they are the future of Paralympic Judo in the United States," said Heidi Moore, USABA Development Coach. 

The clinic will be coached by national U.S. Olympic Judo Coach, Eddie Liddie and Heidi Moore.  Heidi Moore is a 4th degree black belt, two-time World Team Member, three-time Pan American Team Member (bronze 2007), and a two-time Olympic Qualifier. Heidi Moore will be assisted by Scott Moore, three-time Paralympic medalist, and Myles Porter, 2008 U.S. Paralympian with additional instruction from members of the U.S. Judo Team. 

The first training session will begin Wednesday night with Denver Judo in Denver, Colo. at the Denver Judo dojo at 7:00 p.m.  Throughout the week many technical sessions will be conducted at the Olympic Training Center (OTC) in Colorado Springs.  The athletes will also attend a goal setting session and a session conducted by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency Information at the OTC. 

The refined judo athletes will then compete in the Mid-Winter Classic against sighted athletes Saturday, February 28 10:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. in Westminster, Colo. at Woodrow Wilson Academy (8300 West 94th Ave. Westminster, CO 80021). 

For more information on the developmental judo camp or the Mid-Winter Classic tournament, please contact Heidi Moore with Denver Judo at (303) 591-9563.