Karate bronze

Guardian Express - - GUARDIAN - Kristie Lim

West­min­ster twins Mishela and Mar­i­jana Di­moska and Kiri­ana Kam­ch­eska from Ronin Karate Club have won bronze medals in Shang­hai, break­ing new ground for Aus­tralia.

WEST­MIN­STER twins Mishela and Mar­i­jana Di­moska have helped Aus­tralia win its first medal at a World Karate Fed­er­a­tion Karate 1 Se­ries A com­pe­ti­tion.

The twins joined fel­low Ronin Karate Club mem­ber Kiri­ana Kam­ch­eska to take home a bronze medal in Shang­hai from De­cem­ber 7 to 9.

Af­ter los­ing 3-2 in the semi-fi­nal against even­tual cham­pi­ons Spain, the team beat Greece 5-0 in the Kata bronze medal match.

Mishela said it was a big chal­lenge as it was the first time she com­peted in a team with her sis­ter and Kam­ch­eska for Aus­tralia.

“Win­ning bronze at this top world-level com­pe­ti­tion is a great achieve­ment for us, es­pe­cially af­ter win­ning against one of the strong­est teams, Italy, who have been mul­ti­ple win­ners at Eu­ro­pean and World Cham­pi­onships,” she said.

“We want to say huge thanks to our par­ents – who are also our Ronin Karate Club coaches – for train­ing us and sup­port­ing us with fi­nan­cial help as well.

“They are some of the best ap­proved coaches in world, with 40 years ex­pe­ri­ence of coach­ing sil­ver and bronze medal win­ners at World Cham­pi­onships and more medals at un­der-21 World Cups, Eu­ro­pean Cham­pi­onships and Karate 1 Leagues.

“Also, huge thanks to WA In­sti­tute of Sport mem­bers for giving us op­por­tu­nity to train in great con­di­tions with pro­fes­sion­als and the Aus­tralia Karate Fed­er­a­tion and all the Aus­tralian karate team mem­bers and friends who al­ways sup­port us.”

Mar­i­jana said while it was not her and Mishela’s first Karate 1 se­ries medal, it was their first for Aus­tralia at this level.

“It was a good start for us as an Aus­tralian team; we are so happy that we made Aus­tralia proud,” she said.

Mar­i­jana said they were pre­par­ing for a na­tional squad train­ing camp in Fe­bru­ary, ahead of the Ocea­nia Cham­pi­onships in April, where the best two com­peti­tors for each cat­e­gory would be cho­sen.

She said the team’s goals were to com­pete in the As­so­ci­a­tion of Na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tees’ World Beach Games in San Diego and premier league and Se­ries A com­pe­ti­tions in Salzburg, Dubai, Mon­treal, Tokyo and Is­tan­bul.

Kiri­ana, who has only been in Aus­tralia for three months, said her goal was to be se­lected in the na­tional un­der-21s team on the back of a good show­ing at the na­tional camp.

Mishela Di­moska, Mar­i­jana Di­moska and Kiri­ana Kam­ch­eska with their medals and tro­phy.

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