Jonathan Drane

Rio 2016 will mark Jonathan ‘Jono’ Drane’s Paralympic debut.

Jono got into judo at the age of 13 purely by chance. He subsequently began training at Kumo Judo Club in Norwich, home club of London 2012 Olympian and Rio 2016 hopeful Colin Oates.

Jono was a plumber with his own business before his eyesight began to deteriorate.  As a member of the British senior squad, he also attended the London 2012 Paralympics as a training partner before he formally joined the VI judo programme in 2013.

In his first ever VI competition, Jono clinched a pretty impressive victory (fighting at -73kg), seizing gold by winning every fight by ippon in an excellent display performance at the VI US Open in Colorado. 

Jono is the current VI World bronze medallist and is ranked inside the top ten in the world despite picking up a serious knee injury that kept him out of the 2015 World Games and European Championships.

At the age of 15 Jono was diagnosed with ADHD and he credits judo with helping him get through his teenage years. He is passionate about supporting people with ADHD and in 2014 he became a patron for the ADHD Foundation.

Major results

2014 World Championships/Games USA

2015 Eger World Cup

2014 Sao Paulo Grand Prix

2013 US Open


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