Chanel leads way for Academy team

Cockburn Gazette - - SPORT -

KARATE kids from Brian Mackie’s Karate Academy in Boor­a­goon and O’Con­nor have proved they are some of the best in the world af­ter dom­i­nat­ing at the Goju Kai Global Cham­pi­onships re­cently.

They were among 35 Aus­tralian ath­letes who trav­elled to Van­cou­ver, Canada for the in­ter­na­tional event and re­turned home with a haul of 32 medals, 14 of which came from the Brian Mackie Karate Academy mem­bers.

Chanel Kafet­zis brought home the only gold medal of the lo­cal group af­ter tak­ing out the under-14 Ku­mite com­pe­ti­tion.

Teo Roberts took out sil­ver in the under-10 Kata, while Lucca Barn­aba (under-12 Ku­mite), Sarenna Matal­jan (under-14 Ku­mite), Jes Brom­ley (under-16 Kata and Ku­mite) and Anasta­cia Matal­jan (under-16 Ku­mite) also won sil­ver. Jes, Teo, Sarenna, An­thony Matal­jan, Lilli Matal­jan, Josh Spadanuda and Xsenija Brom­ley all won bronze in the Team Kata event.

A Brian Mackie Karate Academy spokes­woman said the par­tic­i­pants had put in a lot of hard train­ing hours ahead of the event and that they had reaped the re­wards of this dur­ing the com­pe­ti­tion.

“With two years till the next major in­ter­na­tional event, the stu­dents will now fo­cus on im­prov­ing their skills while par­tak­ing in a men­tor­ing pro­gram to en­cour­age and de­velop fu­ture younger com­peti­tors,” she said.

The academy mem­bers who par­tic­i­pated in Van­cou­ver.

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