The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - FRONT PAGE - STEPHANIE NEW­ING­TON

DER­WENT Val­ley karate kid Adam Nankiv­ell is hop­ing to ride a wave of suc­cess all the way to the Olympics.

The 15-year-old first dan black belt just re­turned from the Aus­tralian Karate Fed­er­a­tion Na­tional Cham­pi­onships in Syd­ney, where he won the bronze medal in his cat­e­gory, Ku­mite.

Ku­mite is a form of points spar­ring be­tween op­po­nents, trad­ing blows and block­ing at­tacks.

Adam took up karate at age five when his father Ja­son started coach­ing. They both work and train at the Sho­tokan Karate Bu­dokai at the New Nor­folk PCYC.

Adam went down against the reign­ing cham­pion 2-0 in his first round be­fore coming out on top in the bronze bout.

Fit­tingly, karate will make its Olympic de­but in Tokyo, Ja­pan, in 2020.

His event will be one of two fea­tured, the other be­ing Kata, a rou­tine of tech­niques ex­e­cuted in pairs or solo.

Adam’s fo­cus now is on im­prov­ing so he can re­turn to the com­pe­ti­tion in even bet­ter form.

“Now that I know where I am com­pared to the oth­ers, I can hope­fully come back and get gold,” he said.

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