Boy of Steele

CHAMPION: Jacob Steele receives his first gold medal at the Australia Judo Title in Wollongong Entertainment Centre. YOUNG local Jacob Steele stood proudly on the dais after seizing his first gold medal at the Australian Judo Titles in Wollongong on the June long weekend.The budding 10-year-old champion claimed his title in a challenging two-round match in the junior boys under 50 kg category.Jacob won his first match early on by swiftly performing a 10-point score (ippon) manoeuvre that immediately entitled him to move up to the next level.In the second round, Jacob and his opponent fought evenly until the final second of the round, when Jacob again unbalanced his opponent with ease and went on to become an Australian champion.The nationals drew crowds from all around the country, with more than 25 contestants competing in Jacob’s category.Jacob’s mother, Nichole Steele, said that although a talented and skilful competitor, he was quietly apprehensive on the day.“It was his first year competing at the nationals and he was a bit nervous.“It’s a big thing for him and he was a bit reserved and is still fairly shy about being a junior boys’ champion,” said Mrs Steele.Although a humble lion-heart, Jacob roared on the day and received much of the attention against some tough competition.“The competition on the day was busy, there was some fierce fighting. It was defiantly enjoyable to watch and cheer on all the Bushido kids who competed,” said Mrs Steele.Jacob is a committed member of the Shoalhaven Bushido Judo Club, which achieved tremendous success on the day.Six other members of the club entered – Tinka Easton, Saskia Macey, Michael Vidler, Alice Congram, Amelia Potter and Shekea Potter – showcasing matchless skill.Jacob has been with the club for over three years and is slowly building and refining his technique.“He loves the fitness and the discipline of judo, and he is also a really good team player,” said Mrs Steele.“He is pretty rapt, he turned around and said to me the other day that he wants to go and compete in Auckland.”The young champion has recently done well in a number of contests, winning third in the 2010 International Judo Championships, a number of gold medals in the Blacktown PCYC Club games and silver in the Illawarra Open.Jacob has tasted victory and has every intention of continuing to raise his profile in judo competition. He is eager to compete in next year’s internationals and the Victorian Open and South Australia Open in October.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.