Car­los does well at na­tion­als

North Coast Weekender - - Sport -

DEN­NIS Reyes hopes his son Car­los will in­spire oth­ers to fol­low their sport­ing pas­sions.

The Year 12 Bel­ridge Se­condary Ed­u­ca­tion Sup­port Cen­tre (ESC) stu­dent is cel­e­brat­ing his suc­cess at this year’s Na­tional Judo Cham­pi­onships.

Car­los, who trains at Kano Judo Schools in Joondalup, won two bronze medals in the ju­nior men un­der-55kg cat­e­gory and the kyu men un­der-60kg.

Mr Reyes said Car­los was se­lected to com­pete in Queens­land fol­low­ing his sil­ver medal at the state cham­pi­onships.

The Joondalup fa­ther said Car­los en­joyed judo be­cause of the phys­i­cal fit­ness and friend­ships.

“Rather than stay­ing in the house play­ing com­puter games, I like him to go to judo for his self-de­fence, phys­i­cal fit­ness and to make friends,” Mr Reyes said.

“It’s not only him do­ing judo but also his two sis­ters Stela and Denise; my el­dest son stopped judo lessons be­cause of his study at univer­sity.”

His sis­ters also joined him at the na­tional cham­pi­onships, with Denise com­ing fourth as well as Stela, de­spite get­ting in­jured dur­ing the com­pe­ti­tion.

Mr Reyes said Car­los wanted to “be an ex­am­ple” for his fel­low ESC stu­dents that they could also be suc­cess­ful in sports.

Car­los will now look to up­com­ing club com­pe­ti­tions while train­ing for next year’s state cham­pi­onships.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey d475210

Judo cham­pion Car­los Reyes.

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