Karate kids get kick from medals
TIME TO THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX
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.”
Shobukan Martial Arts students show off their awards and medals.
Fremantle Wrestling Club coach Chris Butler and students watch Ethan Homan (16) and Dylan Bloomfield (15).