Enthusiasts scoop up medals
BUNDABERG region students from the Traditional Shotokan Karate clubs performed excellently at the Queensland championships in Childers.
Thirty participants from Bundaberg and Childers walked away with 39 medals and five special trophies.
Bundaberg competitors won 11 gold, eight silver and 10 bronze models, while their Childers counterparts won two gold, three silver and five bronze.
Bundaberg Shotokan Karate instructor Alex Fedotow said it was a fantastic experience for students, especially because members of the national team were there to help with instruction.
"There was some very intense training last week," Fedotow said. "The guys were doing two sessions of two hours a day for three days before the titles.
"It was great to see them train alongside the national team and do so well."
Fedotow said he rarely had anyone missing from training and, when they could not compete, they still came to help the team.
"This group is full of focused young people that never miss a session and they are very committed," he said.
"Reece Minter broke his nose the week before and still competed."
He also praised another student, Amber Beattie, who injured her shoulder and still turned up to fight.
Beattie was unable to get on the mat, instead she spent the time helping other students prepare.
Winning medals was a highlight of the event, but Fedotow said the training that was provided was hard but his students enjoyed it.
"Professor Takahashi Shihan worked the guys to near exhaustion," Fedotow said.
"But when they trained with the national team they really took it up to them."
The Bundaberg club also added the President's Cup to its individual medal haul.