Australia and Olympic Judo

Australia has competed in every Olympic judo competition since 1964 and at these Games in Tokyo Ted Boronovskis won a bronze medal in the open category. Maria Pekli matched that achievement in the women's 59 kilogram category at Sydney 2000. It is also worth noting that in the women's judo demonstration event at Seoul 1988, Suzanne Williams won a gold medal but this does not count towards Australia’s medal tally.

Daniel Kelly made his fourth Olympic Games appearance at the London 2012 Games as a part of the six strong team, bowing out in the round of 32.  Second time Olympian Mark Anthony came away with Australia’s best result going down in the quarter finals before making it within one match of the bronze medal playoff in the repechage.

History of Judo







For Reading

Ross, Dr. A. J., " Text book of Judo (Jiu-jitsu) vol. 1 ", Sydney, Australia, The Australian Council of Judo, 1949, 71p, 21 cm, UoB.



Founder of Australian Judo

Dr A Ross, an Australian Army Medical Officer, was an early pioneer of Judo in Australia.

ROSS DR, ARTHUR JOHN (1893-1971)

Founder of Australian JUDO. Dr. ROSS brought JUDO to Australia in 1927. He founded the first JUDO club in Australia. He was born in London, England, but he moved to Japan when he was eight years old. In Tokyo he practiced JIU-JITSU and JUDO under Jigoro KANO. He wrote the first JUDO book in Australia (Textbook of Judo, Sydney, 1949). He was awarded 8th DAN in 1968.






 The first Ju-jutsu demonstration  in Australia was performed by Mr Cecil Elliote

  (1875-1963) and Mr T. Young in Sydney .C. Elliott brought two Japanese Mr                  

  Fushishima and Mr Okura to Sydney to assist him with the JU JUTSU classes. 








1927         Dr A. ROSS started  teaching JUDO in Brisbane.







Dr. A. J. ("Jack") Ross (1893-1971) introduces Kodokan judo to Brisbane, Australia. A physically imposing six-footer, Ross studied judo while living with his parents in Japan. Although Ross tried to popularize judo in Australia by holding wrestling matches at fairs, he found little interest in his methods until World War II, when the Australian Army hired him to teach hand-to-hand combat..






 Dr ROSS  wrote the first Australian JUDO book. („Text book of Judo


                  (Jiu-jitsu) vol. 1”, Sydney, Australia, 1949.





 JUDO Federation  of Australia was founded.





  JUDO made its Olympic debut at Tokyo, in 1964, and BORONOVSKIS was

  Australia’s only JUDO representative in the , competing in the Open Division   He won   Bronze medal. He was beaten by A. GEESINK in only 12 seconds.


Boronovskis, Theodore (1943 -)

 -80 kg (176 lbs)


Judo made its Olympic debut at Tokyo, in 1964, and Boronovskis was Australia's only JUDO representative in the team, competing in the 'Open Category', i.e. competitors had no maximum weight limit. Boronovskis' bronze medal was Australia's only medal in Olympic judo until Maria PEKLI matched the feat at 2000 Sydney OLYMPIC GAMES. Boronovskis was also a four-time Australian Judo champion.


Best Competition Results

Olympic Games

bronze Tokyo 1964

Australian Champion

1962, 1963, 1965, 1966





1979          Australian  Coaching council was established.   




1982         Jim Sheedy became the first JFA National Coaching Director.




1984     JFA establlished National Training Camps



2000       Maria PEKLI  won bronze medal at the 2000 OLYMPIAN GAMES