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Maria Pekli appointed technical director of Australian Judo Federation

16 Mar 2017 12:30

   IJF Media Team / International Judo Federation
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The Judo Federation of Australia appointed five-time Olympian Maria Pekli into a full time Technical Director role. Pekli, who won Bronze at the Sydney 2000 Olympics, was acknowledged for her world-class performances when she was inducted into the International Judo Federation’s Hall of Fame in 2015.

Maria was recognized as one of the very elite judokas on the international judo scene, and the very first inductee for our region. Since her competitive retirement, Maria has played a key role in progressing JFA high performance programs at both state and national levels.

The newly created Technical Director position will have broad responsibility for leading, developing, and implementing the JFA’s high performance strategies and programs.

Pekli: “I am very excited to take on this role and endeavor to enhance our high performance program. We have many talented athletes in Australia and I truly believe that with a carefully planned and implemented strategy we can become truly competitive on the World Judo circuit."

This is a vital stage for the JFA, as the organization is implementing a significant change agenda and aiming to further enhance and professionalize its high performance programs leading in to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and beyond.

The Technical Director role will be responsible for setting the strategic and operational direction of the JFA High Performance Program and assume the National Head Coach role for major benchmark events.

JFA Chief Executive Officer Alex Vallentine is excited by this appointment and believes the experience Maria brings to the role will see her very well placed to successfully lead the JFA’s high performance activities through the new Olympic cycle.

 “The JFA is extremely fortunate to have recruited Maria to the Technical Director position. To be able to appoint an excellent candidate from within our own organisation, who has the credibility, skills and experience is truly fantastic. I know that our community will welcome this appointment.” 

Maria Pekli was Born in Budapest, but in 1996 she moved to Australia and conflict with the Hungarian Association cost her 3 years of competition. Pekli lives in Melbourne and won a 2000 Olympic bronze medal in Sydney.

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