Jesse Vines, Miki Debono, Jacinta Warentini, Zacchary Hennings, Tyndle Colley, Maddi Debono and Ava Hooper.
Jesse Vines, Miki Debono, Jacinta Warentini, Zacchary Hennings, Tyndle Colley, Maddi Debono and Ava Hooper. Contributed

Karate kids successful

SEVEN talented students from the JKA-ASKA Pomona Karate Club recently dominated the Australian titles with five of the students taking out a spot in the top three placings.

The athletes from the prominent karate club train numerous times a week to hone their techniques ahead of competition.

Students Jesse Vines, Zacchary Hennings, Tyndle Colley, Jacinta Warentini, Miki Debono, Maddi Debono and Ava Hooper all travelled to Sydney on April 19 to compete in the three day tournament.

With two separate competitions hosted at the event, the karate fanatics contested the Australian Schools and University Championships and the AKF Australian Open.

Club member, parent and black belt holder, Amy Colley, said each of the students had great experiences and definitely benefited as athletes.

"For six of the seven members it was their first time in the Australian championships so it was awesome to see them place so well," she said.

"Our club travels as a team and we try and support each other as best as possible."

In the Australian Schools and University Championships Jacinta Waretini took out first place honours in the female 12-13 years kumite weight division while Zacchary Hennings and Tryndle Colley placed equal third in both Kata and Kumite categories.

Contesting the AKF Australia open championships Tryndle Colley dominated opponents taking our first in her 12-13 years kumite weight division.

Maddi Debono also went well placing equal third in the same category.

Training under coach, Kim Vines, the students can sometimes train up to four times a week Amy said.

"Leading into big tournaments we increase our training to hopefully gain an edge over opponents."

The next competition for the students is the Queensland championships were they hope to gain selection on the Queensland team.

If selected they then will travel to Hobart for another Australian-wide tournament including countries such as China and Fiji.

Amy hopes that the club can contest the competition with the same contingent as the recent championships.

"It would be great if the kids can gain selection on the Queensland team," she said.

"They definitely have the talent so we will just have to wait and see."

The Queensland competition starts on May 18 and is a two-day tournament held in Brisbane.

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