Seb sets sights on Rio
RISING judo star Sebastion Temesi has his sights firmly set on the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games and will take the next step at the Australian national championships next month.
The road to the 2016 Olympics is going to be long, rough and expensive for the Mossman sports star as the sport is still only practiced on an amateur level, with little funding on a state or federal level.
Unlike Europe where judo is a professional sport with highly paid and funded athletes as well as millions of judo practitioners, there is only about 5000 people who compete in Australia.
Sebastion recently proved his potential with a silver medal performance at the final London Olympic qualifying event held in Cairns, the Oceania Judo Union Champion- ships, where he was pitted against current number one and dual Olympian Mark Anthony in the final.
Although he lost the bout, Sebastion proved he is capable of mixing it with the best in the sport.
Sebastion was also part of the winning team at this event that triumphed over New Caledonia and New Zealand.
If all goes well at the Australian National Judo Championships in NSW over the June long weekend, Sebastion may find himself on the Australian Team for the OJU World Cup event in Samoa in October.
He will then head off to Hungary in November to train ahead of the 2013 competition year where he looks to secure a place on the Australian team for the senior world championships in September next year.
Mossman Coral Coast Judo Club head coach John Brendecke said it’s great to have a young athlete with such potential and a hunger to learn and win.
“His determination and participation is a great asset to the club and its students,” he said.
“We will keep Sebastion motivated and improving with an intense program of strength and conditioning and Judo technical sessions in the lead up to these events.”
CCJC head coach John Brendecke and chief instructor George Brendecke both well know the sacrifices and hardships that face Sebastion, with the brothers both competing extensively in the nternational arena and being members of the 2008 Olympic shadow team for the Beijing Olympics.
Getting ready for Rio: Head Coach John Brendecke, student Sebastion Temesi and Chief Instructor George Brendecke