UH academic, Dr Mike Callan, elected as Education Director of the Commonwealth Judo Association.
Education Director is a new role within Commonwealth Judo. Dr Callan is the first such post holder. This is timely because we are now entering the cycle towards Birmingham 2022, when judo will be a core sport in the Commonwealth Games for the first time.
Dr Callan was the former Secretary General and Treasurer of the Commonwealth Judo Association (CJA) since 2010. He has stepped down from that role to concentrate on educational matters to develop judo within the Commonwealth.
Recently the University of Hertfordshire International Judo Research Unit (the i-dojo) was founded. It supports 6 PhD students, all studying topics related to international judo. Three of the UH PhD students were also involved in the CJA Congress; Temba Hlasho is the CJA Refereeing Director, Darren Warner is the CJA Marketing Director, and Daniel Lascau was in attendance as the International Judo Federation Observer.
Dr Callan is the editor of a Routledge book ‘The Science of Judo’ published in 2018, Darren Warner is a co-author.
The election was on Monday 5 November 2018, during the Commonwealth Judo Association Congress held at the Holiday Inn, Jaipur India.