Club shines in state success
THE Bundaberg Traditional Shotokan Karate-Do Federation Club again had great success at the Queensland Championships in Emerald, winning 25 medals.
Bundaberg chief instructor Alex Fedotow said 18 club members attended a three-day training seminar under the instruction of Takahashi Shihan, chief instructor of TSKF Australia and TSKF New Zealand, followed by the state titles.
“The Bundy team won eight gold, nine silver and eight bronze medals, which was a great result,” Fedotow said.
Josh Spence and Alisha Parnell led the charge, each with two golds.
“Josh competed strongly to win the kata and kumite in the men’s white to orange belt, and Alisha Parnell also got gold in both in the women’s brown belt,” Fedotow said.
“Our first gold of the day was won by Kiya Schnabel in the white to orange belt kumite, followed by Ryan Lees in the over 150cm coloured belt kata, while Amber Beattie was victorious in the black belt girls 16 to 18 years kata.
“One of Alisha’s sons, Lachlan, clinched gold in the under 150cm coloured belt kumite and silver in kata, while Amber added silver in the black belt girls 16 to 18 kumite, and Stacey Muir also took silver in the girls brown belt kumite.
“Chontelle Anderson and Kylie Barrand, who had only been awarded their black belts a week earlier, also competed strongly, with Chontelle taking silver in the girls’ black belt kata and bronze in kumite.
“Kylie Barrand bagged dual silver in the women’s open black belt kata and kumite and Kiya Schnabel picked up bronze in the white to orange belt kata.
“Another of Alisha’s sons, Mitchell, took bronze in the under 150cm coloured belt kata and kumite, with Elaine Schenk winning bronze in the girls coloured belt kata.
“Completing the list, Alyssa Lees won bronze in the girls black kata, as did coach Paul Williamson in the open men’s black belt event, and the club racked up silver and bronze in the dojo black belt team kata and silver in the coloured belt team kata. Williamson said he was “very pleased with the performance, commitment and spirit that the team showed over the three days”, while Fedotow was delighted.
“The determination and sprit shown by the Bundy members will put them in good steed for the Australian championships on the Gold Coast in March 2012,” Fedotow said.