A lifelong competitor and coach in the sport of judo, Herb Goldhawk learned mostly from his mentor Jim O’Sullivan of Prince Albert. A 1st degree Black Belt in the sport, Goldhawk won his first gold medal at a meet in Prince Albert in 1969 through competing at the Saskatchewan Open at age 50.
Goldhawk competed at the Saskatchewan championships on numerous occasions and also took part in the Canadian Championships in Hamilton, Ontario and is a lifetime member of the World Judo Athletes. Through the 1970’s and 80’s Goldhawk captured numerous gold medals at meets across Western Canada.
He was quick to pass along what made him successful on the mat to others as a coach and at numerous clinics. Goldhawk has been to the home of judo – the Kodokan Institute in Tokyo, Japan where he was awarded the Kodokan badge. He also attended the Mitsu Kamura Judo School in San Francisco, Judo Schools in Havana, Cuba, San Jose, Costa Rica and Veredero, Cuba. Goldhawk also has been a long time instructor at the Prince Albert Judo Club, Aurora Mixed Martial Arts School in Prince Albert, Kenshukan PA Judo School as well as with clubs in Battleford and Lloydminster. He also made a contribution as a referee, score keeper and statistician at many events including the Canadian Championships.