- a December 2013 North Queensland Skills Development camp
- an ascription to conduct and growth of Grassroots Judo
- our practice of values based traditional Kodokan Judo
- our support to regional judo clubs (Mackay, Castle Hill PCYC Townsville, Ross River PCYC Townsville, Malanda)
- our integral role in standing up the Innisfail Judo club from scratch (including having 37 Innisfail residents as members of our Cairns Southside Judo Club until the Innisfail club existed in its own right)
- grant application successes
- and, in concert with the Malanda club, the beginning of regular Shiai (competition) training development activities
- PCYC Vacation care Judo
- our support to regional judo clubs (Mackay, Castle Hill PCYC Townsville, Malanda)
- attendance at interstate (ACT and Sydney) and International (Judo Winter Nationals, California, USA) competitions
- community support activities (Japan Day of Hope, Festival of Cairns Grand Parade)
- widening Shiai (competition) training development activities with the inclusion of the Innisfail Judo club and supporting Innisfail Judo club events
- last classes at Edmonton with preparation for a move of training to Gordonvale.
- our dojo move from Edmonton to Gordonvale
- the conduct of quaterly Judo "Grassroots Challenge" development activities
- club representation at the Australian Kodokan Judo National Championships,
- being a foundation club of the Queensland Kodokan Judo Association Inc.
- further grant application successes including funding to install a 13m x 12m "floating" floor in the dojo (Judo hall).
- Festival of Cairns Grand Parade participation for the 2nd year in a row
- being acknowledged with an "Inovation Excellence Award" by the Queensland government for efforts to make judo more gender inclusive
- conducting over 70 club gradings throughout the year
- hosting a 4 member instruction delegation from Japan which included Sichi-Dan (7th degree black belt) Niki Sensei, and visiting guests from Brisbane's Lang Park PCYC Judo Club.
With HUGE thanks to the Queensland State Government, our Cairns judo club received an $13690 grant funding from the Gambling Community Benefit fund to install a "floating" floor, often also referred to as a "sprung" floor. This has allowed us to install a 13 meter x 12 meter "floating" floor. Underneath 2 layers of 17mm structural plyboard (total 34mm thickness), we fitted approx 1700 100x100x50mm thick foam blocks. And on top of this are our permanently laid quality Judo Tatami (mats). This was a huge undertaking by our club, pulling all these pieces together over the last Christmas holiday break.
A working bee lifted the mats and stored them out of the way (11 December 2016).
Another at short notice shifted all 4 pallets of plyboard out of the weather and into the hall (21 December 2016)
A small working bee fitted the floor (29-30 December 2016).
And another cleaned the mats and relayed them on the floating floor (14 December 2017).The vast majority of judo clubs around Australia do not have a sprung or floating floor. Of the 250-300 Judo clubs around Australia, we would be one of only a handful of clubs that has done this. Most clubs put their mats down directly onto a floor that has little or no "give", including onto concrete. In some cases, the mats are not identifiable judo Tatami but are instead thinner "jigsaw" type foam interlocking mats. And in many cases, these mats are laid down and picked up before and after every training session. Fortunately for members of Cairns Southside Judo club, this is not the case.