“There’s nothing I love more than helping someone go beyond what they expected they could achieve.”
Bill Morgan is an instructor and member of the board at the Brantford Judo Club and training partner for other Judokas.
He became involved in combative sports at the age of 11 while attending W. Ross Macdonald School for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Brantford, Ontario. Bill lost his vision at the age five due to a bad reaction to penicillin and has a minimal amount of vision.
It wasn’t until 1990 while competing as a member of the Canadian Blind Wrestling Team at the World Championships in Holland that he was introduced to the sport of Judo. Since wrestling is not on the Paralympic program he decided to venture into Judo. Bill’s determination and work ethic have allowed him to become a world-class competitor in judo.
Bill competed in the 2000 Paralympic Games in Sydney and placed 7th overall. In 2004, he was the sole Judo athlete to represent Canada at the Athens Paralympic Games, where he improved his finish to 5th place.
At the 2006 Visually Impaired Judo Championships in Brommat, France, Bill Morgan won the bronze medal.
In Beijing China, Bill was once again the sole Judo athlete to represent Canada at the Paralympic Games and placed 7th overall.
When he is not training or competing on the mat, Morgan works full time at the School for the Blind he once attended in Brantford. ‘’I work with special need kids to help them adapt to life as a visually impaired person,’’ said Morgan. ‘’There’s some interest and questions about my sporting career and sometimes you inspire a few people. And there’s nothing I love more than helping someone go beyond what they expected they could achieve.’’ Bill has started a recreational judo club within the school; it is among thee most popular extra curricular activities offered.
He truly is a hero to his students and to many who know him.
To view Bill Morgan’s results at the Paralympic Games, click here.