Trust, faith and compassion. These are the attributes Asa Weithers and his coach Ian have shown to the world before the world number 226 has even stepped on the tatami of the sport’s elite at the Brasilia Grand Slam.
Ian and Asa are not your standard judoka and coach partnership, but they are father and son, united by their pride in representing the small island nation of Barbados and their devotion to judo.
The 24-year-old is a young man with a dream that centres around five interlocking rings, coloured blue, yellow, black, green, and red on a white field.
Father Ian has been consumed by judo in the Caribbean nation since he first practiced the sport nearly 40 years ago.
“My mum’s friend did judo and said that her boys should try the sport,” said the approachable 54-year-old.
“This was in 1970 and at the time we had one main club on the island.
Rea the full article at https://www.ijf.org/news/show/father-and-son-duo-flying-the-flag-for-barbados
written By Mark Pickering on 07. Oct 2019