Smith claims de­but sil­ver

Broome Advertiser - - Sport - Robert Dougherty

Broome ath­lete Lance Smith has re­turned home with a new col­lec­tion of sil­ver­ware af­ter com­pet­ing in the Bali In­ter­na­tional Stick­fight­ing Chal­lenge in In­done­sia.

The event was his first in­ter­na­tional tour­na­ment as he blitzed the field, win­ning sil­ver medals in single and dou­ble weapon cat­e­gories, and the single and dou­ble Ku­lata or padded stick, min­i­mal ar­mor con­tests last month.

Smith said he loved spar­ring and trained by run­ning on the dunes, hit­ting a bag with sticks, lift­ing and do­ing the steps in Minyirr Park.

In Bali, the Ca­coy Doce Pares Ca­ble Beach club mem­ber joined teams from Aus­tralia, the US, UK, and Sin­ga­pore, and In­done­sian Army para­troop­ers for the Septem­ber 10 com­pe­ti­tion.

“The venue was amaz­ing,” he said.

“I am proud to say that I have come home with four sil­ver medals.”

CDPCB guru and world cham­pion fighter Bianca Hell­berg said Smith made a mem­o­rable im­pres­sion on the tour­na­ment with his hum­ble char­ac­ter and pos­i­tiv­ity.

“His form got sharper, he de­vel­oped great speed and fi­nesse in his strik­ing tech­niques,” she said.

Smith has turned his focus to the world cham­pi­onships next Au­gust.

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