FUND­ING FIGHT Temesi bat­tles to keep rank­ing

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - CLASSIFIEDS - Jessie Tol­son

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.

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