Four golds for judo kids
Four North Shore children returned home from Sydney with their bags a little heavier.
Hayden Brosius, Cristyn Jones, Esther Papuni and Taylor Rutherford all took out gold in judo at the Sydney International Open.
The Judokwai North Harbour students competed alongside almost 500 other competitors from 10 different countries.
Coach Paul Wong said it was an outstanding result from the four children.
‘‘The team did their club and New Zealand proud,’’ he said.
Brosius competed in the U27kg weight class, Jones in U63kg, Papuni in U36kg and Rutherford in U45kg.
Brosius, 11, said it was great to compete in Australia, especially at the Sydney Olympic Park. However, the Rosmini College pupil said he may have put pressure on his team mates.
‘‘When I found out I won gold, I said to them keep the streak going,’’ said Brosius, who had won bronze in Sydney the year prior.
For Brosius his favourite part of judo was not competing, but making new friends, something Wong said was an important part of the sport.
‘‘Not only can players participate competitively but judo is an excellent way to improve social interaction, increase selfconfidence and acquire leadership skills,’’ Wong said.
Judo players Taylor Rutherford, Esther Papuni, Hayden Brosius and Cristyn Jones.