THE south-west’s karate reputation continues to grow following another strong showing on the national stage.
Fourteen members of the Warrnambool, Terang and Camperdown Funakoshi karate clubs made the trip to Melbourne for the National Karate Championships last weekend.
They brought home 15 trophies between them under the guidance of instructors Wendy Delaney and Peter Conroy.
Warrnambool dojo’s Garrin Williamson won the state-v-state 15-17-year-old kumite, while Terang’s Melissa Hoey finished third in the novice women’s kumite 10th-6th kyu and was runner-up in the team kata.
Tobi Cole finished third in the 15-17-year-old state-v-state kumite, while Jill Cole had another sensational outing.
She won the lightweight black belt kumite and veteran ladies’ kata and finished runner-up in the veteran’s kumite, team kata and state-v-state women’s kumite.
She also claimed third placings in the veteran’s continuous sparring and open black-belt creative kata.
Camperdown dojo’s Kathryn Milroy was part of the second-placed team kata and was third in the women’s novice kata.
Brian Peach finished third in the state-v-state male black-belt kumite, while Conory was third in the veteran male black-belt kumite.
More than 400 competitors took part in the event, which decided national champions and champion of champions for 2016.
“I feel it’s the most exciting competition running in Australia today with over 40 different styles of martial arts in competition, including Kung Fu and kick boxing,” Conroy said.
“The standard of completion was extremely high this year and the squad has all ready begun to plan our trip to Sydney for the 2017 national championships.”