Karate kids shine in Sydney

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KARATE

THE Whit­sun­day Kyokushin Karate Club has re­turned stun­ning re­sults from the Aus­tralian Cham­pi­onships in Sydney ear­lier this month.

Dal­las Wood­ham, Liam To­mas and Guy Thrupp starred at the two-day event, win­ning their re­spec­tive di­vi­sions.

Dal­las claimed the un­der-12s kata while Liam tri­umphed in the 8-9 years male ku­mite. Thrupp dom­i­nated the men’s mid­dleweight full con­tact divi­sion, en­abling the club to boast three win­ners on the na- tional stage. Dal­las also fin­ished sec­ond in the 10-12 years male ku­mite while Ryan Stephens claimed a third in the same divi­sion. In to­tal, the club had 20 mem­bers par­tic­i­pate at the na­tional cham­pi­onships – im­pres­sive num­bers for a re­gional club against the might of big­ger cities like Mel­bourne, Bris­bane and Sydney.

Proser­pine’s Duane Franke also ex­celled at his first tour­na­ment. For more in­for­ma­tion from the Kyokushin Karate Club, con­tact Belinda Wood­ham at whit­floor­ing@big­pond.com

KUNG FU KIDS: (From back) Liam Stephens, Jai Nuth, Ryan Stephens, Max Steel, Dal­las Wood­ham, Se­bas­tian Heat­ley, (mid­dle) Jackson Cross­ley, Ryan Tay­lor, Emma Carr, Monique Wood­ham, Chloe Mor­ris­sey, Rachael Buck­ley, Na­dia Hop­kins, Kym Nuth, (front) Vel­vet Heat­ley, Ben­jamin Carr, Lach­lan Carr, Jonathan Heat­ley, Matthew Heat­ley and Liam To­mas rep­re­sented the Whit­sun­day Kyokushin Karate Club at the Aus­tralian Cham­pi­onships in Sydney ear­lier this month.

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