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Clarence PCYC Judo Club

Lewis Willing, Stan Holloway and Ben CameronClarence PCYC Judo Club – Sensei Stan Holloway (Godan), continues to lead and impart wisdom gained from his many years of experience as a Judoka, with Sensei Ben Cameron & Sensei Lewis Willing making up the rest of the new leadership team at the Clarence PCYC Judo Club.

The oldest continually running club in Tasmania, Clarence PCYC has seen many changes since having started in 1951 under Sensei Stan Holloway (pictured with Lewis and Ben), both have been involved in judo in Tasmania for 15 years and both holding state titles, with Ben also being a state Kate title-holder. They are also fully NCAS accredited coaches and have spent time in Japan studying judo.

Ben and Lewis are ably assisted by Mike Cameron (Shodan), Debbie Cameron (Shodan), Robert Wedd (Sandan) and Chris Willing (Godan).

Club Details:

  • Name: Clarence PCYC Judo Club
  • Location: Clarence PCYC, 10 Scott St, Bellerive, Tas, 7018
  • Training: Wednesday: 5.30pm – 7.30pm
  • Instructor: Sensei Lewis Willing (Shodan) & Sensei Ben Cameron (Nidan)
  • Phone: Sensei Ben Cameron 0400 338 633
  • Email: Clarence PCYC Judo Club

History of Clarence PCYC

Our club has been in operation as PCYC since 1979, however, its earlier origins were that of the Eastern Shore Judo Club. Stan Holloway, who is a living legend of the club, commenced at the Eastern Shore Judo Club in 1951 at the current site of Bellerive Quay. At this time it was the local council chambers. In the mid sixties, this site was developed and the club moved to a shed on Vic Parks’ property nearby whilst a more permanent site could be located. It was then run by Vic Parkes, Max McGuire and Jack Collard.

About 1968 the club moved to 10 Scott Street, Bellerive, our current address. At this time the property was owned by Corpus Christi School. The club operated out of Coffum Hall on this site until 1979 when the current building was completed at a cost of $251,000. It then became known as the Police Boys Club. Constable Paul ‘Wally’ Walsh became the clubs inaugural superintendant and has only recently retired after 30 years service at the club. Wally and his wife Cheryl have worked tirelessly for the club over this period and their children have all grown up around the club and remain integral members today. Initial activities at the club consisted of marching girls, cricket, football, netball, hockey, judo and badminton.

Various activities like gymnastics, blue light discos and youth groups have been conducted over the years to provide access for the youth of the area where they can socialise and participate in activities in a safe environment.

In recent years the club has changed its name to Clarence Police and Community Youth Club. The club relies on fantastic support from Tasmania police who pay for major works on the building and most of the running costs. Without this assistance, the club would not be able to operate. The club also relies on grants from business and government agencies. These grants have helped our club in recent times with the ability to purchase new martial arts mats for about $40,000 thanks to Tasmanian Community Funds. We also are currently the beneficiary of a grant from the Commonwealth Bank of $10,000 which is helping us run an outreach and mentoring program in local schools by providing activities and guidance for children.

The club is involved in ongoing successful programs such as Reclink and U Turn. These programs are assisting disadvantaged youths by including the youth in sporting activities, mentoring, providing the gym in the club for workouts, interaction with police and offering guidance and open discussion.

In recent times, Constable Steven Fry has taken over from the fantastic work Wally has done over a long period of time. There are a number of new projects in the pipeline to try to ensure the future viability of the club as a not for profit community organisation for many more years.

(History courtesy of Clarence PCYC)

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