Seb sets sights on Rio

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

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

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