Alan Rickard

7th Dan

Alan started Judo at the age of 17, and in 1972 took over the running of what became Croydon Judo Club. He gained County Coach status in 1974 and has, over the years, taken on many roles to the benefit of grassroots Judo. Alan qualified as a National Referee in 1974, in 1982 passed the IJF 'B' grade referring exam and in 1990 travelled to Tokyo and became an IJF 'A' grade referee - the highest award available. In 2000 he was one of only 17 in the world to referee the Paralympic Judo at the Sydney Olympic Games, and has officiated at 3 full Commonwealth Games Judo events.