BiographyAthlete : Judo
Year Inducted: 2016
Born in: Toronto, Ontario
Tina Takahashi was a ground breaker for women in the martial art sport of judo. Training out of her family’s Takahashi Dojo, she won Canada’s first-ever gold medal in international judo at the 1984 World University Games, was the first female judoka to earn Sport Canada funding, named Canada’s first female judo coach in 1988, and became the first woman to earn the sixth degree black belt.
Her medal resume also includes a Pacific Rim gold, one silver, and two bronze at the Pan Am Championships, as well as a bronze at the 1983 Pan Am Games.
An eight-time Canadian judo champion and national team athlete from 1978-87, Takahashi coached the Canadian team at the 1988 Olympic Games, has taught judo for more than 30 years and co-authored the book Mastering Judo with her parents and siblings. She was inducted into the Judo Canada Hall of Fame and Judo Ontario Hall of Fame in 1998.