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Defying Age: Will Tai Tin, 39, to Become Oldest Judoka at Paris 2024 Olympics

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As the judo world anticipates the Paris 2024 Olympics, Will Tai Tin, a 39-year-old judoka from Samoa, is poised to make history as the oldest competitor in the tournament. Tai Tin's remarkable journey, starting his judo training at 31, highlights a story of late blooming, unwavering dedication, and an inspiring passion for the sport.

Raised in Samoa and currently residing in Melbourne, Australia, Tai Tin's judo journey began in 2016 at Taketani Judo Academy. What started as a way to stay active soon transformed into a serious commitment, catalyzed by a transformative trip to Japan. Under the guidance of coach Ivo Dos Santos at Senshi Academy in Melbourne, Tai Tin quickly made his mark on the international stage, competing in World Championships and World Judo Tour events.

Tai Tin's family plays a significant role in his life and his judo career. Sharing the podium with his children at the Australian National Championships is one of his most cherished memories. Beyond personal achievements, Tai Tin is passionate about using judo as a vehicle for positive change within Pacific nations.

Outside of judo, Tai Tin enjoys nature, reading, traveling, and rugby. His sporting philosophy, “You miss 100% of the shots you don't take,” and his motto, “Leave it all on the mat,” epitomize his determination and commitment to making the most of every opportunity.

As he prepares for Paris 2024, Tai Tin's story serves as an inspiration to athletes worldwide. His journey from a late start in judo to becoming the oldest judoka at the Olympics underscores the power of dedication, resilience, and the belief that it's never too late to pursue one's dreams.

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