Tbilisi Grand Slam 2021, SEMI-FINAL CAN ELNAHAS vs UZB TUROBOYEV, -100 kg Photo: Mayorova Marina / IJF

Shady El-Nahas

Biography

Shady El Nahas has been representing Canada internationally since 2018. He earned his first title in just his third-ever international event, the Santo Domingo Pan American Open, a moment that made him know he had found what he was supposed to be doing. Shortly thereafter, he competed at his first IJF Junior World Championship where he finished fifth. A few weeks later, he reached the podium in his first ever Grand Slam event, winning the silver in Osaka. 

El Nahas earned his second Grand Slam podium early in 2019, winning bronze in Ekaterinburg. He then won the first of his two consecutive gold medals at the Pan American Championships. His next podium was his first in a Grand Prix event, as he won silver in Montreal. He followed that with his first Grand Prix gold in Zagreb. In his first senior IJF World Championships, El Nahas made it to the repechage where he lost to eventual bronze medallist Aaron Wolf. Before the end of the year, he earned another Grand Slam podium, winning bronze in Abu Dhabi. 

In early 2020, El Nahas finished fifth at the Paris Grand Slam before competition was halted because of the COVID-19 pandemic. When competition resumed in October, he won bronze at the Hungary Grand Slam. In March 2021, he earned his first career Grand Slam title when he won the title in Tbilisi. At the 2021 World Championships, El Nahas fought his way into a bronze medal match where he lost to Ilia Sulamanidze of Georgia to finish in a tie for fifth.  

A Little More About Shady

Getting into the Sport: Started in judo at age 4, trying to follow in the footsteps of older brother Mohab… Began training and competing seriously after moving to Canada from Egypt at age 12… Likes that it is a tactical sport requiring physical and mental strength and that he gets pushed to his absolute limit where he strives… Outside Interests: Enjoys watching and playing basketball, spending time with his dog to relieve stress… Would like to open a gym and physiotherapy clinic after his judo career… Odds and Ends: Appreciates the sacrifices of his parents to ensure a good life and education in Canada for their sons… Older brother Mohab is also a member of the national judo team and won bronze at the 2019 Pan Am Games… Favourite quote: “Pain doesn’t tell you when you ought to stop. Pain is the little voice in your head that tries to hold you back because it knows if you continue you will change” -Kobe Bryant…

Notable International Results

IJF World Championships: 2021 – 5th (100kg); 2019 - 7th (100kg)

IJF World Championships (junior): 2018 - 5th (100kg)

PJC Pan American Championship: 2020 - GOLD (100kg); 2019 - GOLD (100kg)