TSKF Queensland Karate Titles
Childers hosts TSKF 2016 event
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.
YOUNG CHAMPIONS: Hard at work training for the championships.
IN TRAINING: Childers Champions ready for competition.
CHAMPION BELTS: 8th Annual TSKF Queensland Karate Championships.