TSKF Queens­land Karate Ti­tles

Childers hosts TSKF 2016 event

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - Jodie Dixon Jodie.Dixon@isistc­news.com.au

LO­CAL mar­tial arts ex­po­nents are mak­ing their fi­nal prepa­ra­tions be­fore head­ing to the ISKF World Cup in South Africa next month.

The Se­nior Na­tional Team show­cased their karate skills at the eighth an­nual Queens­land Karate Ti­tles last week in Childers.

TSKF Childers pres­i­dent John Russo said it was an op­por­tu­nity for the team to train to­gether be­fore head­ing over­seas.

“The team’s at­ten­dance at the ti­tles gives all aspir­ing karate-ka the op­por­tu­nity to see the level they need to as­pire to,” he said.

Mr Russo has full con­fi­dence in the Aus­tralian team’s abil­i­ties and be­lieve they will do Aus­tralia proud.

Chief In­struc­tor of TSKF, Pro­fes­sor Shun­suke Taka­hashi has ded­i­cated more than 40 years to teach­ing stu­dents in Childers.

Mr Russo said it was a priv­i­lege have him here for the ti­tles and to be taught and guided by him.

“Which is the envy of many prac­ti­tion­ers around the world,” he said.

Mem­ber for Bur­nett, Stephen Ben­nett MP con­grat­u­lated the mar­tial artists on their enor­mous sac­ri­fices, hard work and de­ter­mi­na­tion to the sport.

“Over the past few years I have been for­tu­nate to have watched the com­peti­tors and ex­pe­ri­ence the ex­cite­ment of in­tense state and na­tional com­pe­ti­tions.

“I re­spect the courage and self-dis­ci­pline by all com­peti­tors, “Mr Ben­nett said.

More than 160 com­peti­tors from around Aus­tralia gath­ered at the Childers Community Sports Sta­dium to com­pete in the Queens­land Ti­tles.

Mr Russo said the com­pe­ti­tion was of very high stan­dard and there were many out­stand­ing com­peti­tors.

The past week the tiny community of Childers has played host to the 2016 ti­tles and dur­ing down time the ath­letes have en­joyed the cafes and the tourist sights.

Childers’ gen­er­ous hos­pi­tal­ity in­cluded of­fer­ing guests the op­por­tu­nity of home-stays with many lo­cal fam­i­lies.

Mr Russo said the ti­tles has in­jected a lot of money into our community.

“We all need to sup­port and en­cour­age more events and to en­cour­age more peo­ple to at­tend,”

Open­ing the ti­tles and hon­oured to be asked, deputy mayor Bill Trevor con­grat­u­lated all the com­peti­tors on their achieve­ments.

“It’s a credit to John Russo and the com­mit­tee for ar­rang­ing the 2016 ti­tles to be here in Childers.

“It brings a lot of in­come to the re­gion and it’s great to see the sup­port from lo­cals.

“Watch­ing the Aus­tralian cham­pi­ons in ac­tion ahead of the World Cup next month was amaz­ing, I wish them all the best of luck, I know they will do Aus­tralia proud,” Cr Trevor said.

The com­pe­ti­tion was strong in the teams events with points be­ing close in all grades and lev­els.

TSKF Queens­land pres­i­dent Steve An­drews said John and Deb­bie Russo work tire­lessly for the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

“Spe­cial thanks to the Childers com­mit­tee for or­gan­is­ing this won­der­ful event, you all should be very proud,” Mr An­drews said.

Mayor Jack Dempsey said the event show­cases the sport of karate.

“As well as the sights of one of the most at­trac­tive com­mu­ni­ties across the re­gion,” Mayor Dempsey said.

To quote the Mas­ter Gichin Fu­nakoshi: “The ul­ti­mate aim in karate lies not in vic­tory or de­feat, but in the per­fec­tion of the char­ac­ter of its par­tic­i­pants.”

For all the ti­tles re­sults, check out page 17 with more pho­tos on pages 10 and 11.

At the end of the com­pe­ti­tion spe­cial awards of en­cour­age­ment were is­sued to stu­dents.

Stand­ing proud for Childers, Kate Fitz-Gib­bon was awarded the Spirit Award for all her hard work and ded­i­ca­tion to the sport.

The event’s Pres­i­dents Cup for the most points dur­ing the ti­tles was awarded to Bund­aberg.

For all the com­pe­ti­tion re­sults from the 2016 Queens­land ti­tles, visit page 17 of Town and Coun­try.

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YOUNG CHAM­PI­ONS: Hard at work train­ing for the cham­pi­onships.

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IN TRAIN­ING: Childers Cham­pi­ons ready for com­pe­ti­tion.

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CHAM­PION BELTS: 8th An­nual TSKF Queens­land Karate Cham­pi­onships.

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Group train­ing.

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