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American judoka Steve Mulhern headed to Seoul for IBSA World Games

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Steve Mulhern is one of 11 American men scheduled to represent his country in judo at the 2015 IBSA World Games in Seoul, Korea. Mulhern will be competing in the +100kg. He is No.6 in his class domestically. He is ranked last in the 2015 IBSA World Ranking List, as he has not got any points through international tournaments.

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Mulhern from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania began para-judo in 2004. He is training with his club coach and the team leader of the US Paralympic judo team Mark Vink at the Liberty Bell Judo Club.  He has claimed a gold medal at the USA Judo Senior National Championships in 2010, 2013 and 2014, thanks to his coach. He earned a bronze medal at the 2013 ParaPan American Championship. Recently, he competed at the 2014 IBSA Judo World Championships in Colorado Springs.

He is leading the judo program for Philadelphia’s Blind Sports Organization. He has been putting a lot of effort into fundraising that will enable him to participate in many international events, ahead of Rio 2016. He is hoping to make his Paralympic debut at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro.

It is the second time for him to compete at the IBSA World Games, as he participated in the 2011 Games in Antalya, Turkey.

Judo is taking place at the Seoul Student Gymnasium, with competition officially getting underway on May 12 and running until May 15. Judoka will have the opportunity to start training on May 8, two days before the opening ceremony. Judo has been part of the IBSA World Championships and Games since the event’s inception, and has been on the Paralympic program since 1988 when Seoul hosted the Games. Women’s judo was added to the Paralympic program in Athens at the 2004 Games.

About EJ Monica Kim (41 Articles)
EJ Monica Kim completed B.A (Media and Communications) at The University of Sydney. She is a freelance journalist and writer at the International Paralympic Committee [IPC], based in Seoul, Korea.

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