Karate kids get kick from medals


Wanneroo Times - - Front Page - Jessica Nico

YOUNG­STERS at Shobukan Mar­tial Arts in Hil­larys ex­celled at last month’s Sen­shinkan Open.

Held at ECU’s Joon­dalup cam­pus, it was the first WA Karate League event for the year.

The club had 11 com­peti­tors aged be­tween seven and 12, with five win­ning medals.

Gold went to Mya Ha­ley for the girls nine years kata, sil­ver to Max Ha­ley for the boys eight years kata and Kate An­drews-Evens for the girls 10-11 years ku­mite and bronze to Oliver Giles for the boys eight years kata and Thomas Gill for the boys 10-11 years ku­mite.

Head in­struc­tor Reece Blis­sett said while the club based at West­field Whit­ford City shop­ping cen­tre had only been run­ning for two years, it was “grow­ing rapidly and pro­duc­ing some promis­ing stu­dents, as shown by the re­sults in the re­cent tour­na­ment”.

“Karate has been in­cluded in the 2020 Olympics and these kids are as­pir­ing to rep­re­sent Aus­tralia one day.”

DE­SPITE how it may seem to the ca­sual ob­server, there are many sports for WA chil­dren to sink their teeth into be­yond the so­called ‘big five’ of foot­ball, soc­cer, cricket, net­ball and bas­ket­ball.

While num­bers are al­ways strong for these pop­u­lar sports, there are a raft of other lesser­known op­tions that par­ents and chil­dren might not con­sider try­ing but have big fol­low­ings on an in­ter­na­tional scale.

A Depart­ment of Sport and Recre­ation spokesper­son said many of these sports see a surge in pop­u­lar­ity fol­low­ing the Olympics and Com­mon­wealth Games and there were many ac­tiv­i­ties, such as kite­board­ing, which started as an ex­treme pur­suit but had be­come more thought of as a sport.

Wrestling – Fre­man­tle Wrestling Club

“The ben­e­fits for chil­dren who par­tic­i­pate in wrestling in­clude learn­ing skills that con­trib­ute to suc­cess in other sports such as gym­nas­tics, rugby, grid­iron and MMA, self de­fence, fit­ness, build­ing self-con­fi­dence and lead­er­ship skills and stay­ing ac­tive,” head coach Chris But­ler said.

“In­tro­duc­ing the sport of wrestling in pri­mary and high school gym ses­sions has been suc­cess­ful in in­creas­ing the par­tic­i­pa­tion of a fringe sport like wrestling.

“We need to get the word out to par­ents and the kids that there is a fun way to stay fit and con­trib­ute to skills that will en­hance abil­i­ties in a mul­ti­tude of other sports.” Kayak­ing – Cham­pion Lakes Boat­ing Club

“Kayak­ing is a low im­pact sport with a high adrenalin rush and so is really ben­e­fi­cial for young grow­ing bod­ies,” kayak­ing co-or­di­na­tor Robyn Brown said.

“Kayak­ing can eas­ily be de­liv­ered through play and games in the early years, fos­ter­ing great last­ing friend­ships, and the young pad­dlers de­velop a sense of achieve­ment through fast im­prove­ment.

“There are more than half a dozen dif­fer­ent types of kayak­ing that chil­dren can get in­volved with, two of which (sprint and slalom) are Olympic dis­ci­plines.” Cheer­lead­ing – TNT All Stars

“Cheer­lead­ing is the ul­ti­mate team sport that re­lies on each mem­ber of the team to be suc­cess­ful,” direc­tor Stephanie Pyke said.

“No one sits on the bench so it’s quite unique, very in­clu­sive and in­cludes skill build­ing, strength and team work.

“Cheer brings to­gether acro (stunt­ing), dance, jump­ing and tum­bling, so typ­i­cally young kids who like any of those fall in love with it straight away.” Floor­ball – Perth Drag­ons Floor­ball Club

“Floor­ball is fun, great for phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion, good for any age and de­mo­graphic, good for team build­ing, builds con­fi­dence and self-es­teem and is avail­able in a lot of schools,” sec­re­tary Co­ralie Pearce said.

“Be­cause floor­ball is one of the fastest grow­ing sports in the world, the IOC is look­ing at in­tro­duc­ing it to the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

“Ev­ery­one who comes down and picks up a stick loves it and comes back week af­ter week. They love the at­mos­phere, they love the sport and we’re a great bunch of peo­ple.”

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d467587

Shobukan Mar­tial Arts stu­dents show off their awards and medals.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son d465525

Fre­man­tle Wrestling Club coach Chris But­ler and stu­dents watch Ethan Ho­man (16) and Dy­lan Bloom­field (15).

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