Huntly fighters win in Aus­tralia

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A team of Rahui Pokeka Kyokushin Karate Club mem­bers re­cently ar­rived back from an Aus­tralian com­pe­ti­tion with tro­phies in tow.

Four com­peti­tors en­tered the 2017 Aus­tralian Kyokushin Karate Na­tion­als on Septem­ber 10 which fea­tured fighters from Aus­tralia, New Zealand and New Cale­do­nia.

Lu­cas McKin­non won his third Aus­tralian su­per heavy­weight ti­tle. Un­for­tu­nately he in­jured him­self in the Yokozuna Cham­pion of Cham­pi­ons fi­nal and was not able to con­tinue.

While ‘‘slightly dis­ap­pointed’’, he was more so happy with the re­sults of his stu­dents whom he co-coached along­side Lor­raine Sil­beryMcKin­non.

Charm McKin­non won her sec­ond Aus­tralian ti­tle in the girls 9-11 divi­sion while Am­mon Api­hai-Joyce claimed his first Aus­tralian ti­tle on his de­but in the 11 year old boys divi­sion.

Lu­cas’ daugh­ter L.A McKin­non en­tered for the first time as well was named runner up in the 6-8 year old girls divi­sion. The Huntly club is set to host next year’s Kyokushin Karate Na­tion­als.

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