Our young champs on top of world

The Riverine Herald - - GAME ON SUMMER -

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.

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