FUNDING FIGHT Temesi battles to keep ranking
RISING judo Sebastian Temesi has a fight on his hands.
There’s the usual competitions to win but his struggle is more than that - he needs money to keep him on the road to success and that’s a whole ’nother battle to win.
Unlike a number of other top judo competitors who have it easier and receive sponsorship to support them in their endeavours to become the best in the nation and then the world, Sebastian has to pay his own way to each and every competition.
Sebastian has a handful of jobs, from security to personal training, working hard to make his way to each competition, most recently Sydney and Rio de Janeiro in August.
To earn the domestic points required to maintain his current ranking of No.2 in Australia in the under 90kg division, Sebastian needs to compete at the South Australian International Open this Saturday, but the competitions don’t stop there.
Ahead of Sebastian in first position is Mark Anthony, who is pretty much guaranteed to be at every competition in the lead up to the Games.
To earn points towards his international ranking, Sebastian will also need to go to the European Open in Glasgow in October, the Oceania Open in Samoa in November and the Tokyo Grand Slam in December. Sebastian has been selected for the shadow team, meaning that as long as he keeps up his good form he is likely to be selected to represent Australia next year in Glasgow.
The cost of competitions add up, at least $1000 per competittion, and sponsors are needed to help give Sebastian the best possible chance at making it to the Commonwealth Games.
Sebastian is trying to work as much as he can to pay his way. ‘‘At the moment it’s basically all self-funded and what people have generously donated,’’ he said. ‘‘Hopefully that will change soon because if I can achieve a higher world ranking I may get some funding to help out. If I don’t make it to the upcoming competitions, Mark will still be there getting all the points.
‘‘As long as I compete and keep a good form, I’ll be in with a chance for the Commonwealth Games. I really want to thank everyone who has helped in the past to get me places, I really appreciate it and I will do my best to make it to the top.’’
Visit www.coralcoastjudo.org to help send Sebastian to the competitions required for him to make it to the Commonwealth Games.