Warrnambool Kyokushin Karate dojo shines at Portland Open Border Challenge

Alistair Wilby

Alistair Wilby

WARRNAMBOOL Kyokushin karate students returned from the annual Portland Open Border Challenge with a swathe of medals and strong performances to their credit.

Alistair Wilby scored a double win, taking out the men’s veteran non-contact and men’s veteran heavyweight full-contact divisions.

The dojo, which sent 14 competitors to the tournament, enjoyed great results in both junior and senior categories.

In the junior divisions, Angus Ten-Have claimed a gold medal in the boys 10-12 years non-contact section, while Zack Wilby placed second and Ash Lakey was fourth.

The dojo’s youngest competitor Matilda Stuart, 3, placed second in the girls 3-5 years, while Hayden Lakey secured a silver in the boys 12-14 years and Cody Columbine was second in the boys 8-9 years.

Tamzin Columbine finished third in the girls 10-12 years.

In the adult non-contact divisions, Elise Stuart finished third in the females 10th Kyu section in her first tournament, while Jane McDonald was second in the women's veteran’s non-contact.