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These karate kids are heading to national titles

HARD HITTER: From left Alvey Pinchin, Riley Merrel and Xavier Gomes claimed state title medals.
HARD HITTER: From left Alvey Pinchin, Riley Merrel and Xavier Gomes claimed state title medals. Tom Daunt

MARTIAL ARTS: Three junior Gympie martial artists have starred at the annual International Sport Karate Association (ISKA) State Championships in Merrimac.

Xavier Gomes, Riley Merrel and Alvey Pinchin took on Queensland's best on the Gold Coast, placing in all of their events.

Gomes, who competed at the world championships in Germany earlier this year took out the clash sparring, sumo, and soft form events while Pinchin placed second in soft forms.

Young gun Riley Merrel claimed gold in the sumo while placing second in traditional kata and sword combat.

Coach Julie Rimmington said her athletes had put in hours of training before the titles to give themselves the best chance of taking home medals.

"They went exceptionally well," she said.

"They (athletes) have to place in qualifying rounds for the state titles, and they have to place again to go into contention for the nationals in Sydney so all three have now qualified for those."

All three practice "Freestyle Martial Arts" which is a combination of separate styles bundled into one comprehensive style.

Rimmington said her athletes train in a wide range of martial art disciplines which attributes to their success in different events.

Gympie Times

Topics:  gympie, karate championships



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