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Katikati club brings home 17 medals

- LanceCamp­bell Sports · Sean Maguire

As­mall team rep­re­sent­ing Katikati-based Global Jiu Jit­suA­cade­my­won17 medals at theNZOpen 2020 Jiu Jitsu Na­tion­als held in Auck­land on Satur­day.

Thiswas the largest grap­pling event of the year rep­re­sented by over 700com­peti­tors and 78 clubs na­tion­wide.

The Katikati club en­tered 21 ath­letes­madeup of kids, teens, adults and masters win­ning two gold, 10 sil­ver and five bronze medals. The club­was8th over­all on team points out of 78.

For the last six weeks the club has been pre­par­ing by train­ingupto six days per­week with aheavy sched­ule that in­volved a com­bi­na­tion of spe­cific fit­ness and con­di­tion­ing, men­tal prepa­ra­tion, drilling, wrestling and rounds and rounds of spar­ring. The process is not easy and­de­mands on each ath­lete are huge in terms of time, com­mit­ment, ded­i­ca­tion and re­silience, which com­bined is of­ten harder than the tour­na­ment it­self.

Amongthe team of 21 there were two over 50 masters ath­letes, lo­cals Dar­ren Maguire and An­dre Prassi­nos. Both these­menare­newto the sport and­man­aged ex­tremely well to jug­gle the sig­nif­i­cant train­ing de­mands, nig­gling in­juries, aches and pains with fam­ily and work com­mit­ments.

The tour­na­ment it­self­saw both men­placed in dif­fer­ent di­vi­sions due to weight, how­ever as there were no

other over 50s in their re­spec­tive di­vi­sions, they were merged with the mas­ter 30 to 40+ di­vi­sions.

Let’s just say they gave those young­mena big fright as An­dre went on to submit both of his op­po­nents to win gold, and Dar­ren sub­mit­ting one of his op­po­nents, to scoop a bronze medal. Both­men­com­peted with their kidswhoma­lso took medals on the day.

Over­all the en­tire team per­for­mance was amaz­ing as were the re­sults and for a small club based in Katikati, it cer­tainly held it­sown on ana­tional scale.

Re­sultssum­mary— Kids: 1Ty­tan Te­whakaara Sil­ver; 2TyCamp­bell Sil­ver; 3Mar­lee Camp­bell Sil­ver, 4 Sierra Prassi­nos Sil­ver, 5Dy­lan

Prassi­nos Bronze, 6Camp­bell Te ManaHans­son, Bronze, 7Dy­lan Layne Bronze, 8 Jamahl Ormsby, 5th Place. Teens: 1 Jarna Kidd Gold, 2 Sean Maguire Sil­ver, 3Arama Camp­bell Sil­ver, 4 Eden Poin­ton Sil­ver. Adults: 1Daniel Layne Sil­ver, 2 Is­rael El­lis Sil­ver 3Rus­sel Keenan Sil­ver, 4Garth Am­rein Bronze, 5Ryan Leach 4th, 6 ManuMand5t­h, 7 Su­raj Singh 5th.

Masters: 1An­dre Prassi­nos Gold, 2 Dar­ren Maguire Bronze.

We­would like to thank all of our par­ents and the­manyin the com­mu­ni­ty­who­con­tinue to sup­port our ath­letes and the club, andwelook for­ward to fur­ther de­vel­op­ing great con­tribut­ing­mem­ber­sof the com­mu­nity with your help.

 ??  ?? Bronze medal win­ner Dar­ren Macguire.
Bronze medal win­ner Dar­ren Macguire.
 ??  ?? Dy­lan Prassi­nos win­ning bronze.
Dy­lan Prassi­nos win­ning bronze.

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