SportsPower Local Legend: Judi Robertson

by The Know

Meet Judi,

Our local legend from Warrnambool

Judi was nominated by Chloe to be a SportsPower local legend. Here’s what Chloe had to say…

Judi is almost single-handedly keeping all of the town’s sporting clubs running. Not only is she still actively playing but she coordinates/runs the netball, volleyball, tennis, badminton, squash club (probably more). And for as long as I can remember she has run the water for the junior footballers. She’s definitely a local legend!

After that nomination, we wanted to have a further Q&A with Judi to really understand this legend.

How did you get into your chosen sport?

I love playing various sports (tennis, netball, volleyball, swimming and running) but tennis is probably my first love as it is the first team sport I can remember playing, probably around the age of 7 or 8. Dad fixed me up a tennis ball on elastic fixed to a brick, and using my first ever tennis racquet (made from a softwood), I’d hit up for hours and hours. Then I progressed to totem tennis, hitting forehand to backhand for hours on end. School tennis was next, which was fairly primitive, as I had no formal training or coaching. At the age of 14 or 15, I was asked to play for our local club (in a low grade), and that’s when I knew I was in love with tennis.

Do you have a favourite brand, product, or range that you like to buy from SportsPower?

I have purchased Brooks cross trainer shoes for about the past 15 years, and will not buy anything else.  They fit the shape of my foot perfectly and they make me feel as one on the court with my footwear.

Speedo is my selected brand of swimwear and is the most comfortable brand I’ve ever worn. I swim 4 to 6 times a week for 4 months of the year a pair of Speedos will last me probably 2 or 3 seasons.

What are some of your training tips?

I’m a great believer in fitness in any sport. And that fitness comes from your own drive to better yourself. Jogging/running, even brisk walking daily and lap swimming are a great start to any form of sport. And it can be done in your own time.

How do you stay motivated?

Knowing I have a full day planned with work, sport, community organizations and family life gets me started every morning. I just feel so fortunate I am able to do what I do, and love what I do and look forward to each day as it comes.

What’s your favourite quote?

Practice like you’ve never lost; perform like you’ve never won.

Who is your sporting legend?

Would have to be Lleyton Hewitt. I just love his passion for the sport. During his professional days, I loved his focus, and to me, he seemed to go out there to play and enjoy his tennis. In my opinion, it didn’t seem like a ‘job’ to him. And I think that shows with his involvement in the Davis Cup recently. He didn’t seem to go through the motion but showed an obvious pleasure for the sport and his country.

What else can you tell us about your story…

I grew up on a sheep farm, where there was so much wide-open space to roam. I started running with the kelpies, bringing sheep into the yards. I am fortunate to live in a small country town where sport plays an important part in the community. I’m lucky to be able to run the roads without fear and to have a 50-metre pool in our town, along with tennis courts and an indoor stadium of which I utilise. I started working in Mortlake at 17 years of age and to get to meet people was to get into sport. So after getting involved, it was just a natural progression to get onto sporting committees – to play my sport, help organise it and mostly to love what I do.