My career in Judo started in 1979 when I started training with the martial arts school, Kano Institute (founded in 1957). Carlo Knoester and his brother, Oscar Knoester were my coaches. I received my Provincial Colors for the first time in 1980 from Transvaal Provincial Judo and SAAJU and later from Central Gauteng Judo. After the 2001 South African Championships held in Hartenbos, I retired from competitive judo.
I was a Kano Institute Instructor from 1997 to 2005. During 1998 and 1999 I was Junior Provincial Coach for the Central Gauteng girls teams, and until I relocated to Cape Town, held one of the Head Provincial Coach positions for the girls. During the 2005 South African Championships held in Durban, I was nominated most valued female coach of the tournament.
In 2006, I started teaching Judo at SACS Junior, Camps Bay Prep and Primary, Fish Hoek Primary, Reddam Atlantic Seaboard and Tokai, as well as Sweetvalley Primary School, Cape Town. Seventeen (17) of my students were selected to represent Western Province at the South African championships during the July 2007 holidays.
I was selected as national coach of a group 1 and 2 team for a tour to Mozambique during December 2007.
I completed the Coaching Level 1 course in 1997 and I was one of the first coaches in the country to finish the first Level 2 course.
In 2008, I relocated to the West Coast, Langebaan, where I was the head coach from 2008 – 2012.
October 2012, I decided to re-introduce Judo to the Southern Cape. Jisei Judo Club was born.
Teaching Judo is my passion, and I have been doing it full time since 1998.