Following the transition of Dr George Kerr 10th Dan to President Emeritus for JudoScotland, we are delighted to announce that Colin McIver 9th Dan will take up the position of JudoScotland President.

Colin was elected by the JudoScotland Board of Directors following a recommendation from the Nominations Committee. Colin will bring with him a wealth of knowledge and experience from his lucrative career in Judo.

Colin has made an exceptional contribution to the development of the sport of Judo in the UK. Taking on almost every role within the sport from athlete to coach through to referee as well as the British Judo Performance Director, he will now add JudoScotland President to his long list of accomplishments.

As an athlete, Colin claimed the title of British Champion in 1966 before going on to represent Great Britain at the World Championships in 1967. He has continued to develop his Judo even after retiring as an athlete, achieving the second highest grade in Judo of 9th Dan.

Colin’s achievements as a Coach are arguably even more impressive and resulted in him being awarded a Lifetime Achievement award at the 2015 UK Coaching Awards.

As the Great Britain Team Manager at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, Colin led a team to three medals: Neil Adams MBE (Silver), Kerrith Brown (Bronze) and Neil Eckersley (Bronze).

As British National Coach his team won many World Titles and Olympic medals through players like Craig Fallon, Karina Bryant, Neil Adams, Neil Eckersley, Densign White, Kerrith Brown and Elvis Gordon.

However, where Colin has really excelled is within the development of the sport. Athletes who have progressed under his leadership have now gone on to coaching or development roles within judo and continue to contribute significantly including Joyce Heron, Graeme Randall, David Somerville, Euan Burton, John Buchanan and Sarah Clark.

Colin has inspired and developed athletes through the positive relationships that he has built with athletes based on the values of judo. Through his skills, experiences and focus on individual’s needs, he truly has been able to help others improve themselves and maximise their performance potential.

Serving in the past as Chief Executive of JudoScotland and British Judo Performance Director Colin has been involved in many projects to raise the profile of the sport including the planning and organisation of the 1979 European Judo Championships (Edinburgh) and the Judo tournament at the 1986 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh.

On his appointment, Colin commented “I am very proud to be appointed as President of JudoScotland. I will endeavour to do my best to represent the federation as best I can. George Kerr will be a hard act to follow, but I will certainly try my best.”

JudoScotland look forward to working with Colin as in embarks on this next stage of his Judo career.