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Awarded for service to Sport and Recreation
Entered on roll: 2005
Janet Clingeleffer was born in Cairns. She began her education in Queensland and moved to Burnie in 1962 where she attended Burnie High School. Janet is married with two daughters.
As a young woman, Janet was active in the Tasmanian Marching Girls, becoming the first woman to act as Chief Judge in 1966, and received a Life Membership of the Marching Girls in 1967. Janet has also had a long involvement with the Burnie Callisthenics Club.
Janet has dedicated 35 years of service to the surf life saving movement in Tasmania. Her involvement began in 1979 when she joined the Junior Activities Committee as a parent member. From 1985-1987 she served as Chairperson of the Committee. In 1989 Janet became the first woman to be elected as Club Captain, a position she held for two years. Another ‘first’ came in 1998 when she was the first woman to be elected State President (1998-2002). Along the way Janet has undertaken a multitude of official positions including Club President, Secretary, Treasurer, State Delegate, State Councillor, and Australian Councillor.
In 1999 Janet was honoured as a Life Member of the Burnie Surf Life Saving Club. Further recognition of Janet’s contribution to life saving came with the awarding of an Australian Sports Medal (2000), Centenary Medal (2001), and a Burnie Unsung Hero Award (2002).
As the Burnie Life Saving Club delegate, Janet has also assisted with the running of the Burnie Ten event for the last 20 years. Her contribution has been integral to its success and recognition.