Local club continues national success

WINNERS: (Back) Alicia Congram, Saskia Macey and (Front) Jacob Steele and Tinka Easton proudly display their National Championship Medals.SEVEN local Bushido Judo Club members competed in three days of intense competition at the Australian Judo Titles held at the Wollongong Entertainment Centre over the June long weekend.This was an amazing feat by 15 year old Tinka Easton from Berry, who won two gold medals. Tinka‘s first gold medal was won in the girls cadet division u/52kg. None of her bouts went the full distance as she dominated all of her opponents.Tinka then backed up to compete in the young women’s division against older aged competitors. This was a very hard division and again none of Tinka’s fights went the full time, handing Tinka her second Australian title and another gold medal.Tinka then entered the open women’s division competing against more experience competitors in their 20s.Following a weekend of competition covering three age groups Tinka still made it all the way to the bronze medal round but a third medal was just out of her reach.This was a gallant effort by the 15-year-old who had beat a number of brown and black belts on her way to the bout for the bronze medal.It’s been a successful month for Tinka who recently won the prestigious Oceania title in Cairns competing against fighters from a number of countries. Tinka is the first judo player on the South Coast to win the u/52kg title. She also won the Queensland international title earlier this year.Tinka’s next competition will take place in New Zealand at the Auckland international championships then she will head to the Victorian international championships followed by the NSW international championships. Tinka will also compete at the NSW state country championships that will be run in conjunction with the South Coast Open and attract up to 500 competitors to the Bomaderry Basketball Centre in October.A third gold medal and Australian title was won by Jacob Steel of Shoalhaven Heads who, at 10 years of age, was competing in his first Australian Titles.This was a well deserved victory as Jacob fought in the Auckland international championships in 2010 and won a medal but since then has not been active in NSW tournaments.Jacob remained cool and unflustered during his bouts in the championships and went on to beat the opposition convincingly with good strong defensive and offensive judo.Saskia Macey of North Nowra won a silver medal in the under 63kg. A great effort as her opponent and gold medal winner recently finished seventh in the junior world titles. Saskia made her work hard for the win.In a fight off for the silver medal Saskia was too technical for her opponent and won with a strangle that was well executed.Saskia has an excellent future ahead in judo, with hard training and attending other sanctioned tournaments she will improve greatly and could be a real threat for an Australian title at next year’s nationals.Michael Vidler of Worrigee faced some very big opposition over 66kg in this new division.Michael won gold last year at the nationals competing in another division so it was always going to be hard in a new class. Michael did well to finish in third place.Amelia Potter of Shoalhaven Heads competed in the under 70kg division where the girls were too big and too strong for Amelia who also finished in third place but needs more tournamentcompetition.Alicia Congram of Mollymook, last year’s Australian Champion, stepped up to compete in a higher weight and age group and finished fourth against more experienced competitors.Alicia made amends by being placed first in the selection for the Youth Olympics Festival.Alicia’s next competition will be the Victorian international championships and the NSW international open championships.Shekea Potter of Shoalhaven Heads was outstanding. She threw the eventual gold medallist a couple of times but the scoring was atrocious and Shekea suffered from this. Again Shekea threw another girl that would have given her a bronze medal but unfortunately the throw was not deemed enough to win. This was disappointing for Shekea as she has won a medal in every national event she has entered.If anyone is interested in learning judo which is an Olympic sport please ring 44488494. All coaches at Bushido Judo Club Shoalhaven Heads are accredited and recognised.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.