Mossman’s judo champs
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