Our young champs on top of world
IT’S not often the Echuca-Moama community can claim to have world champions.
It’s even rarer that it can claim to have three, all under the age of 15.
Last weekend’s ISKA Australian World Cup changed that.
Four representatives of Whickham’s Martial Arts made the journey to Sydney to participate in the World Cup in Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
When the team returned to Echuca, they carried three world championships.
Like all major sporting events, the event began with full pomp and circumstance.
‘‘There was a big opening ceremony, they all got to walk in behind their flag as national representatives,’’ Sherrie Blade told the Riv.
Mitch Whickham claimed his title in the 13-15 year age bracket, competing in the 52kg to 56kg section and winning all his fights.
Seth Blade, competing in the 10-12 age bracket, also went through the tournament without a loss in the 44kg to 48kg section to claim his title.
Mason Golding competed in the 34kg to 36kg bracket of the 10-12 year old section, and his strong performance saw him walk away with the team’s third world title.
While she did not collect a title of her own, Jayda Golding put on arguably the strongest performance of the tournament.
Not only did she compete in a higher weight class, the 27 to 30 kg range for 10 to 12 year olds, but Jayda was also the only girl competing in a boys’ section, claiming second place.
The team, however, is not even close to satisfied with their world titles.
This weekend, the competitors head to Melbourne to compete in the PanPacific Championships.