One step closer to Olympics

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - DONNA-MARIE MILNE

LO­CAL judo ex­po­nent Se­bas­tian Temesi has qual­i­fied for the Aus­tralian team and is set to com­pete at the up­com­ing Olympic Qual­i­fy­ing Ocea­nia Judo Union Cham­pi­onships to be held at the Cairns Con­ven­tion Cen­tre next month.

A mem­ber of Moss­man’s Coral Coast Judo Club, Temesi is now in con­tention to com­pete at the London Olympics later this year and now ranks as the num­ber two judo fighter in Australia af­ter work­ing his way up the na­tional points ta­ble with im­pres­sive re­cent re­sults.

If vic­to­ri­ous in the Ocea­nia Judo Cham­pi­onships, he will se­cure a place in the London 2012 Olympics.

Coral Coast Judo Club chief in­struc­tor Ge­orge Bren­decke said the London Olympics were not pre­vi­ously a tar­get and would be a huge bonus.

“Se­bas­tian has been set­ting his sights on the 2016 Games in Rio,” he said.

“The Rio Games still con­tinue to be the re­al­is­tic fo­cus, but it would be in­cred­i­ble for him to qual­ify for London.”

In prepa­ra­tion for the up­com­ing qual­i­fiers, Se­bas­tian will en­dure two to three train­ing ses­sions per day, five days a week, com­prised of fit­ness, judo and weight train­ing.

“The train­ing will be very hard, and re­quires not only com­mit­ment from Se­bas­tian but from club mem­bers as Se­bas­tian will re­quire op­po­nents to train against,” Bren­decke said.

“It’s a very dif­fi­cult sport to do well in if you don’t have train­ing part­ners, but the other mem­bers are 100 per cent be­hind him - it’s a very sup­port­ive club.

“We will all be there at the qual­i­fiers cheer­ing him on - It’s a great achieve­ment and we are all very proud of him.”

In or­der for Se­bas­tian to get the ap­pro­pri­ate train­ing to achieve his Olympic dream he re­quires spon­sor­ship.

“We very much need spon­sor­ship if we are to help Se­bas­tian ful­fil his in­cred­i­ble po­ten­tial. If he is to com­pete in the Rio 2016 games, we’d like to send him to Ja­pan, the birth place of judo, to train for two years,” Bren­decke said.

If you are in­ter­ested in spon­sor­ing Se­bas­tian, please visit the club web­site www.cairn­sjudo.com or con­tact Ge­orge on 0438 793 273.

Photo by NEIL WEAVERS

Close to Olympic dream: Moss­man’s Se­bas­tian Temesi

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