Judo Coach/Coordinator – Shane Alvisio:
Shane commenced Judo as an 8yr old at Kugatsu Judo Club in Sydney (Liverpool) in 1973 and has continuously been registered and deeply involved in the sport for 40 years as a competitor, club coach and administrator.
Shane was awarded his Black Belt at 18yrs of age – at the time he was the youngest Black Belt in Australia. Shane was part of the Australian Judo Squad from 1983 until 1994. During this period he gained 10 medals in National & Oceania competitions and competed in Shoriki Cup, Pacific Rim, University World Championships, and A-League tournaments in Europe.
In 1994 Shane was elected onto the Judo NSW Board of Management and was a Board member for 12 years in various roles. Shane has played a major role in organising National Titles, Pac-Rim, Oceania, Test Events, Olympic Games, Youth Olympics, National & State University Champs, as well as the NSW International Open and many local NSW tournaments. For the Olympic Games in 2000, Shane was employed by SOCOG as the Judo Information Manager.
Shane is a sports administrator by profession and managed 20 fulltime and 60 casual staff with Sport & Recreation at the University of Western Sydney for 17 years. UWS has 35,000 students over 6 campuses, and he was responsible for the operation of 2 pools, 5 fitness centres, 3 indoor courts and numerous outdoor playing fields and facilities.
Shane is a former Board Member of Australian University Sport, and for 9 years served as President of Eastern Conference University Sport which was responsible for sport at 27 Universities in NSW & ACT. During this time Shane was part of various National & State panels for government sporting organisations and arbitration committees.
For the past 12 years he has been a NSW Olympic Council Executive Member, and has organized Olympic activities such as Fundraising Dinners and Awards. For the past 3 years Shane has been doing project work for the Australian Drug Foundation, the University of Newcastle Exercise & Sport Science department and has been elected the inaugural Deputy Chair of the Central Coast Sports Federation.
In 2008 Shane was elected as a Director for the Judo Federation of Australia and has since coordinated Conferences, the implementation of a National Database, the introduction of a National Logo and Branding Policy, and has consolidated the annual National Championships into a feature event with Sponsors, mainstream Media coverage and hosted at a major indoor regional stadium.
In late 2012, Shane established a recreational based Judo Club on the Central Coast at Chittaway Bay Public School aimed at teaching judo to kids as a fun activity. Shane has recently engaged local 1st grade Rugby League teams for tackling skills and correct falling technique.
For 2013, Shane has established an adults “fight club” type Judo session on Saturday afternoons at the Gracie Sharks Dojo behind Bing Lee, 5/241 The Entrance Rd Erina. Shane is expanding the Judo to include classes for kids on Monday afternoons – Commencing Term 3 (15th July).