Karate kid wins silver at National titles

Rising karate star, Sarah Nicholson, has her sights set on the Commonwealth Karate Games in Quebec after winning silver at the Australian karate open titles.

At only 16 years, and with a swag of medals to her name, Ms Nicholson could also be on her way to the 2020 Olympics after winning silver in her weight division (48 to 53 kilograms) at the Australian karate open titles held on April 19.

Ms Nicholson, who is in year 11 at Snowy Mountains Grammar School, also won bronze in the Australian Schools championships division representing her school. She competed in the combined schools' weight division, losing to a heavier girl in the division.

The competition was held over three days at the Whitlam Centre in Liverpool on April 19 - 21 this year.

Ms Nicholson is now training with the national and state karate squads, which entails two trips to Sydney every month.

Her father, local police officer Sergeant Richard Nicholson, is also a karate competitor and is in the NSW team.

Both will be competing in Tasmania in the National Championships in August this year.

Father and daughter are both state karate team representatives.

Ms Nicholson is a first dan black belt and is an assistant instructor or 'sempei' and instructs at the Black Belt Martial Arts - Snowy Mountains in Jindabyne with her father, a second dan blackbelt, who is a 'sensei' or instructor at the karate school.

"We moved to Cooma from the Central Coast and decided to start our own karate school in the Shotokan karate style in Jindabyne."

The Black Belt Martial Arts - Snowy Mountains school is recognised by the World Karate Federation

Mr Nicholson is currently studying for his coaching accreditation under the National Coaching Accreditation Scheme (NCAS) and his NSW state referee accreditation.

Karate training is held on Monday and Wednesdays at Snowy Mountains Grammar School at 4.15pm and 5.15pm.

Mr Nicholson said Sarah is hoping to compete in the 2020 Olympic games, but that will depend on whether it is included as an Olympic sport.

"But that depends on whether karate is included as an Olympic sport," Mr Nicholson said.

"She is eligible, but she has to compete regularly and it will mean driving to Sydney twice a month to comply with the training and competition requirements of the national competition."

Mr Nicholson said the World Karate Federation (WKF) is campaigning to have the sport included in the 2020 Olympic Games.

WKF launched the first World Karate Day, called the 'K Day' late last year to prove the WKF's capability to mobilise national karate federations and demonstrate the unity of karate sports organisations in support of the 2020 Olympic bid.

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