Inducted into the A.M.A.H.O.F.(Inc) for 2018
Lifetime achievement – Judo

Inducted into the W.K.U.H.O.F. for 2018
Lifetime achievement – Judo


Neville Sharpe Godan is a highly successful educator at the same time being an elite Judo competitor, coach, referee, educator and leader of judo in Australia.

Neville started Judo at the age of 15 in 1969. He also studied Japanese Ju Jitsu alongside judo

  • Neville was a successful competitor winning many Intervarsity titles, state titles in all of the judo organisations operating in Victoria during this era. Neville won may national titles in the AKJA and the Heavyweight and Teams titles in the last of the AAAJA national titles. Unfortunately, he was out of the JFA during his main fighting years due to politics.
  • Neville successfully coached many state and national champions and many students that have competed at the world titles.
  • Neville wrote the Judo NCAS Levels 1 & 2 courses.
  • Neville was a very successful referee and represented Australia at many international events as a referee. He was a member of the national Referees Commission for over a decade, and the Chairman of the national commission for six years.
  • Neville has been on State and National committees since the late 1970’s. He served 2 terms as the President of Victoria, one term as the Treasurer of JVI, and many years as the Vice President.
  • Neville served as a JFA director for nearly 10 years including 4 years as the Treasurer and more recently as the President of the JFA. He has given strong leadership and led the professionalization of the JFA.