Four golds for judo kids

North Shore Times - - SPORT - FLEUR MEALING

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.

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