Sport BC and Judo BC honored Henry Uyeda on March 8, 2017 at the Sport BC President’s Award Ceremonies and at the Athlete of the Year Celebration. The President’s Awards are presented annually to volunteers from Sport BC member organizations who represent the spirit of volunteerism, and whose dedication, energy, and commitment contribute to development of their sport or organization. This years President’s Award ceremonies were MC’d by Perry Solkowski, veteran sports commentator and the awards were presented by the Minister for Community Sport and Cultural Development, Peter Fassbinder. Scott Russell of CBC Sports was the Master of Ceremonies for the 51st Annual Sport BC Athlete of the Year Awards.
Henry Uyeda, 6th degree black belt, retired from the Kamloops Judo Club this past September after spending nearly 60 years volunteering at the club. He started Judo in 1959 at the age of 17 and has been involved ever since. He began as an athlete and over the years has been a teacher, coach, kata judge, referee, mentor, tournament director, event coordinator and for the past 16 years the head sensei of the club. Henry has always believed in helping any judo player grow by being there when they may be struggling in judo or in life. He has created a tremendous legacy for the Kamloops Judo Club and secured its future by developing over 20 black belts, who he continues to guide in their on-going development.