Students excel at Queensland karate championships
GYMPIE'S karate success continued to shine last weekend at the Queensland Schools Karate Championship.
Twelve members from Gympie's only officially registered club, Gympie JKS Karate Club, contested the event.
Although all members found success, it was students from Saint Patrick's who were highlighted at the championships.
Both Saint Patrick's schools, primary and secondary, received the top award for the championships and claimed the two perpetual trophies.
Points were awarded for individual results and at the end of the championships tallied up, giving the highest point scoring school the award.
Coach at Gympie JKS Karate Club Andrew Quinn said he was proud of his students for competing so well.
"They have been training up to three times a week in preparation for the event so I knew they would go well," he said.
"All students were thrilled with their results especially with the big trophies that they received."
Head coach at the club Hamid Mostofizadeh said this year's karate season had been the best so far.
"It's definitely been the best year going by results," he said. "We've had students travel to several national and international events.
"It's a great sport to get your kids into and if they want they can start competing at very high levels."
Mostofizadeh said the karate season had ended with competition starting back in February.
Meantime, Mostofizadeh and Quinn will travel to Japan for a coaching seminar.
"We are bronze level coaches and we are always looking to get better"We love coaching and hopefully next year we can help our students achieve even greater results."