Knocking it out against the elite
KARATE: Whitsunday karate competitors drew inspiration from the 2017 Australasian Kyokushin Karate Association Championships in Sydney.
An overall 11 Whitsunday competitors took part in the national competition.
Sensei Belinda Woodham said the Whitsunday champions embraced the rare opportunity to take their skills to the next level.
“It was a great experience to take on the elite who have come from everywhere,” she said.
“Our kids put in more work if not more than those who are able to compete in each tournament. They work so hard every year to prepare for it and put a lot of effort in.”
The karate legends didn’t come home empty handed, with Proserpine man Duane Franke placing first in the men’s heavyweight division and third and fourth in heavyweight Kyu competition.
Monique Woodham came second in the female middleweight 13-15 age group and Sam Wilson placed third in the 8-9 age group for the middleweight male competition.
Jacob Farrell, Jada Harrison, Ryan Taylor, Jacob Stevenson, Nate Harrison, Kade Harrison, Dylan Aalbersberg and Samuel Thompson represented the Whitsundays for the championship.
Woodham said the Cannonvale and Proserpine dojos were in the process of planning a home junior championships tournament in the Whitsundays for next year.
“We are looking at expanding and getting students from other clubs to come to our area for May next year for junior championships.
“We are hoping other dojos and clubs will come and support the tournament.”
INSPIRED: Whitsunday karate competitors took part in the 2017 Australasian Kyokushin Karate Association Championships in Sydney.