Camperdown, Terang, Warrnambool funakoshi dojos claim medals at state NAS championships

SUCCESS: Terang Funahoski Club's Melisaa Hoey had a strong weekend at the National All Styles Karate state championships.

SUCCESS: Terang Funahoski Club's Melisaa Hoey had a strong weekend at the National All Styles Karate state championships.

NINE south-west karate students have been invited to compete at the National All Styles Australian championship in Sydney, after the Camperdown and Terang Funakoshi dojos cleaned up eight state titles last weekend.

Camperdown dojo’s Kathryn Milroy (team kata and advanced kata), Katrina Conroy (14-15 year-old kumite and 15-18 year-old continuous sparring) and Peter Conroy (team kata) all claimed gold medals, as did Terang dojo’s Melissa Hoey (point sparring fifth-first kyu) and Jillian Cole (team kata and veterans continuous sparring).

Instructor Peter Conroy said he was thrilled to be competing and, for the first time, officiating as a referee at the state championships, which were held at Darebin last Sunday.

“As a club, we posted some extraordinary results,” he said. “With less than 50 days remaining until the nationals championship, the Funakoshi squad are in full training for the big event.”

The dojos’ students – along with Warrnambool’s Garrin Williamson – also picked up six silver medals and six bronze.