Moss­man’s judo champs

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

FOR the first time in mod­ern judo his­tory, three se­nior men’s Aus­tralian Judo Cham­pi­ons are from the same club. AND, they are from Moss­man!

Co­ral Coast Judo Club is cel­e­brat­ing the achieve­ments of one ju­nior and three se­nior Judo play­ers who at­tended the Na­tional Judo Cham­pi­onships on the Gold Coast.

More than 900 play­ers at­tended the three-day com­pe­ti­tion aim­ing to be crowned Aus­tralian Cham­pi­ons. The na­tion­als are a premier se­lec­tion event for par­tic­i­pa­tion in the World Cham­pi­onships to be held this year in Hun­gary.

Nanami An­der­son, ap­pear­ing at her first na­tion­als, was beaten by the gold medal­list in her first fight and then nar­rowly lost to the bronze medal­list in the ju­nior girls di­vi­sion.

Coach Andy Sch­midt de­scribed her cam­paign as “as a tremen­dous ef­fort and a learn­ing curve for fu­ture suc­cess in the years to come”.

Three gold medals were won by se­nior play­ers, the first time in mod­ern Aus­tralian his­tory for all play­ers to come from the same club.

Andy Sch­midt won gold in the un­der 81kg di­vi­sion, mov­ing into the fi­nals and win­ning the fight in less than a minute.

Se­bas­tian Temesi con­tin­ued his great form from win­ning the Ocea­nia Ti­tle with con­cise wins in the un­der 90kg di­vi­sion.

David Rus­sell con­quered the un­der 100kg di­vi­sion in his re­turn to com­pe­ti­tion.

Club pres­i­dent Jeff An­der­son said “it is a tes­ta­ment to the high level of train­ing con­ducted at a club out­side of the ma­jor metropoli­tan ar­eas”.

Both Temesi and Rus­sell are now wait­ing anx­iously to see if their ef­forts have been enough to gain their se­lec­tion in the Aus­tralian team trav­el­ling to the World Cham­pi­onships in late Au­gust.

L-R: Se­bas­tian Temesi, David Rus­sell, Andy Sch­midt and Jeff An­der­son

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