Winning feeling for karate club

GYMPIE members of the Japan Karate-do Ryobu-kai Gympie Karate Academy were in winning form at the recent 2009 Primary, Secondary and Tertiary School Karate Championships.

The championships were held at Logan in central Brisbane at the weekend.

Gympie competitors to make the journey included Carissa Fogarty (St Patrick's) and Leon Bath (Gympie State High).

Fogarty, competing in the Girls 16-17 years, collected first place in Kata as well as Kumite (sparing).

Bath, meanwhile, lifted a fourth in Kata and went one better to claim third in Kumite in the Boys 12-13 years.

The results impressed Sensei Noel Turner, chief instructor a the Japan Karate-do Ryobu-Kai international Gympie Karate Academy.

“Carissa made a very high achievement at the championship, which was at an exceptionally high standard of competition,” he said.

Turner was equally full of praise for young Bath, congratulating the competitor following his first school championships.

“It was Leon's first time at the school championships and he made a great impression,” he said.

“Now in the big league of competition, the future looks bright for Leon.”

Gympie Times


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