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Betty MacClafferty - Newport Judo's Honored Roll

Betty MacClafferty - Newport Judo's Honored Roll & Life Member of Judo Victoria Incorporated

Betty became a regular member of Judo classes because she wanted to learn the art of judo and become stronger and better at something that was said to not be a good fit for someone like her, a woman.

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She knew that she was going to face some challenges, but she liked that she would be able to overcome those challenges if she just stuck to what she knew she could do. Men would lift her up when she would hurt her ankle, but she was able to move up a class despite what people told her she wouldn't be able to do.

Betty MacClafferty - Newport Judo's Honored Roll

Key Takeaways:

  • 91 year old, the UK born, Betty MacClafferty, stood out in her Judo class being one of few women, more than 60 years ago.
  • Female students were rare and she was often the only one, although this never stopped her.
  • In 1959 Betty took her judo aspirations with her to Australia to experience a change in the climate.

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"Born in Manchester, UK, Betty first went to Judo classes with a friend, to learn self-defence."

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