Karate students blitz opponents in State Titles

The Cooma Go Kan Ryu karate club, is through to the National Titles after an outstanding performance at the State Titles held recently.

Thirteen students from the club competed in the State Titles held in Sydney on September 16 with all qualifying for the Nationals in Melbourne on November 16.

The students blitzed the competition sweeping up 15 medals in total.

In an impressive effort, two of the students, Dorothy Sillett and Tim Anderson were also state champions.

Sillett was state champion in Kata and Sparring senior veteran 45-54 years 6-4th Kyu Female while Tim Anderson was state champion in Kata and Kumite 14-15 years 3rd Kyu and above male, with a bronze in team Kata.

The students who competed ranged in age from just five-years-old up to 50 and all excelled in the competition.

Eight-year-old Gracie Anderson put in an outstanding effort to qualify. Her division had some 30 competitors compared to most other divisions which had about eight.

Naomi Sillett won two silver medals in team Kata and team Kumite, while Kyle Sillett took out silver in the 16-17 Yrs 3rd Kyu and above male Kata and Kumite.

In the 14-15 Yrs 6-4th Kyu male sparring, Austin Riley took out silver and in the 10-11 years 8-7th Kyu female Jasmyn Sizmur claimed silver in sparring and bronze in Kata with Claudia Kerr claiming silver in the Kata.

In the veteran 35 years plus 8-7th Kyu female Naomi Saxby received a silver in Kata and bronze in sparring.

Matilda Saxb-Rendal, Andrea Anderson, Courtney Stimpson and Megan Anderson all qualified.

It was an amazing effort for the students of the Cooma club which is one of the smallest at the competition.

They are all now preparing for the Nationals travelling to Canberra every Saturday to train for two hours.

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