Lo­cal karate stu­dents at na­tion­als

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

Can­non­vale and Proser­pine Kyokushin Karate club mem­bers have re­turned from the na­tional cham­pi­onships in Syd­ney with an im­pres­sive haul of 16 plac­ings.

Nine­teen Whit­sun­day lo­cals con­tested the two-day 2015 Aus­tralian Kyokushin Karate As­so­ci­a­tion Na­tional Cham­pi­onships at the week­end in non- and full-con­tact events.

In Satur­day’s kata and non­con­tact cham­pi­onships, the club gained eight plac­ings.

Liam Stephens and Dal­las Wood­ham were sec­ond and third re­spec­tively in the kata for 13–15-year boys, while Nate Har­ri­son (third in the kata un­der-12s) and Sa­mara Graham (third in the kata 1315 year girls) also fared well.

In non-con­tact, Graham also won sil­ver in the 13–15-year girls’ di­vi­sion.

Is­abelle Graham was first in her di­vi­sion, while Emma Carr (third in the 11–12-year girls) and Ryan Stephens (sec­ond in the 13–15-year boys) also claimed podium re­sults on Satur­day.

The lo­cal karate stu­dents re­turned on Sun­day for the full-con­tact con­test against the best in the coun­try.

Guy Thrupp fin­ished sec­ond in the open men’s mid­dleweight di­vi­sion, nar­rowly miss­ing out on his first place from last year.

The Proser­pine lo­cal also at­tended the event in 2006 and 2010, fin­ish­ing as a run­ner-up in a ju­nior tour­na­ment be­fore plac­ing third upon re­turn­ing for the full-con­tact mid­dleweight di­vi­sion.

Hunter Thrupp also claimed sil­ver in the colts 16–17-males light­weight group, while Proser­pine’s Duane Franke won bronze in the heavy­weight fifth kyu and un­der di­vi­sion.

In other re­sults on Sun­day, Monique Wood­ham fin­ished first in the 12–13-year girls while Lach­lan Carr was third in the eight–nine-year boys.

Liam To­mas man­aged sec­ond in the 10–11-year boys and Is­abelle Graham also claimed sil­ver in the 14- 15–year girls.

Kevin To­mas also found him­self on the podium, plac­ing third in the men’s heavy­weight fifth kyu and un­der.

Lo­cal in­struc­tor Belinda Wood­ham said all 19 stu­dents per­formed strongly on the na­tional stage and were re­warded for their ef­forts in train­ing.

“It was a bril­liant tour­na­ment and ev­ery­one fought ex­cep­tion­ally well,” she said.

“They should all be proud of them­selves but I know ev­ery­one is proud at home as well. Ev­ery­one is com­ing back inspired.”

For in­for­ma­tion about the kyokushin karate clubs, phone 4946 5581 (Can­non­vale) or 0407 139 083 (Proser­pine).

FIGHT­ING SPIRIT: Lo­cal karate stu­dents (from back) Duane Franke, Sa­mara Graham, Ryan Stephens, Liam Stephens, Ryan Tay­lor, (mid­dle) Hunter Thrupp, Emma Carr, Is­abelle Graham, Dal­las Wood­ham, Liam To­mas, Kevin To­mas, (front) Monique Wood­ham, Kade Har­ri­son, Ben­jamin Carr, Guy Thrupp, Lach­lan Carr and Nate Har­ri­son.

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