Knock­ing it out against the elite

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

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.

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