At 18 years and 220 days (at the time of the Rio 2016 Opening Ceremony), Josh Katz became Australia’s youngest ever male judoka at an Olympic Games. A star in the junior ranks, Katz won the junior national championships in 2013 and 2014 and four straight junior Oceania Championships between 2012-15. He won his first senior Oceania title in 2015, defended it in 2016 and climbed high enough in the rankings to automatically qualify for Rio. He faced world class -60kg Uzbekistani fighter Diyorbek Urozboev in the opening round of the Rio 2016 competition and went down by ippon.
From a family that lives and breathes the sport, Josh lined up alongside his older brother Nathan in Rio as the duo became the first brothers to compete in judo at the same Games for Australia. Their mother Kerrye competed at the Seoul 1988 Olympics, when judo was a demonstration sport for women, while their father Robert was a coach on that team as well as the Rio 2016 team.