Lynnette Slade 4 Dan
Lynnette came from a family who loved sport. As a youngster she tried her hand at netball, tennis, swimming and her big love before starting judo was hockey. In 1960 she won the Best & Fairest Award for the Latrobe Valley Women’s Hockey Association and trained with the Victorian School Girls Squad. Whilst at Larnook Teachers College she played in their hockey team. After leaving college she played A Grade for Box Hill and later Ivanhoe and also trained with the Victorian Women’s squad.
Lynnette was introduced to judo by her hockey coach, Mr Brian Wills, whilst at Traralgon High School. On moving to Melbourne to go to teachers college in 1961 she joined the Caulfield Judo Club under the instruction of Kevin Todd.
In 1967 Lynnette and her husband Malcolm in conjunction with his brother Adrian and sister in law Brenda started the Southern Judo Club at the Male St Methodist Church in Brighton.
In 1977 Southern Judo moved to 48 Station Rd Cheltenham and became the Southern Judo and Fitness Centre. Lynnette managed the centre and specialised in running judo classes for people from 3 years old upwards. Lynnette also ran Keep Fit to Music classes and even filled in as Jazz Ballet or Yoga teacher when the occasion required.
In 1997 Southern Judo joined with the Bentleigh McKinnon Youth Club judo club at Higgins Rd Bentleigh and Lynnette continued with her speciality of introducing small children to judo.
For almost 40 years Lynnette has also been involved as a volunteer helping to run judo competitions in Victoria and in later years interstate including:
Sydney 2000 Olympic Games Judo National Technical Officer -
Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games Judo Volunteer -
2009 Awarded Life Member of Judo Victoria for services to judo
2006 Awarded Judo Federation of Australia Volunteer of the Year, Judo Victoria.
Lynnette has also been a member of the Yarra Yarra Golf Club for 39 years.
1999 4th Dan
1987 3nd Dan
1982 2nd Dan
1976 1st Dan
1982/83 NCAS Level 2 Coach
1976 General Coaches Education Certificate (Dept. Youth Sport & Recreation)
1964 Trained Secondary Teachers Certificate (Dom Arts)