Who is Tamas (Tommy) Buday
Tommy was born in Hungary, Budapest and lived there till he was 11 years old, moved to Canada when Tamas sr, (Tommy's Father) became the Canadian National Canoe Coach in 1987. For his two brothers Attila and younger brother Peter with Tommy, paddling was simply natural. Watching their dad compete for Hungary while they were young and learning that Tamas Sr. was a two time Olympic bronze medalist and 4 time World Champion gave the boys enough encouragement to get involved at a young age. Before they would join any paddling club they were already racing each other in their dads boat.
Once in Canada joining their local Canoe Club (Mississauga where they would paddle for over 22 years) gave them a great start in making new paddling friends and learning to speak a whole new language. Very quickly they made international waves with Junior World Championships and graduating up to senior levels. In 1995 Tommy and brother Attila (Ati) started racing together as a team. They become one of the strongest doubles in Canada for over a decade. After three Olympics and 3 silver medals from World championships the pair retired in 2008.
Younger brother Peter started his new outrigger company Outrigger Performance Advantage www.opadvantage.net to teach people the love of being on the water and healthy lifestyle.
In the summer of 2015 the Buday brothers were inducted into Mississauga's Sports Hall of Fame for their achievements in Canoeing.
Tommy lives and works full time in Montreal for the City of Pointe-Claire at the Pointe-Claire Canoe Club as a Senior Development Coach. He works with young athletes and helps them reach their goals to provincial, national or international levels.
He is a full time Dad with two amazing boys named Tristan and Liam who each have as much energy as their father. The family is truly backboned by Tommy's wife Stephanie who "surprisingly" use to train and race kayaks as well.
Paddling is truly with in the BUDAY family blood.