One step closer to Olympics
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.
Close to Olympic dream: Mossman’s Sebastian Temesi