The Australian Judo Titles were held at Bomaderry Basketball Centre for the first time last weekend, and were a great success.
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States that attended were Western Australia, Queensland, Victoria, South Australia, NSW, and a surprise visit from Japan.
Before the tournament South Australian and Queensland teams attended a Bushido Judo Club Shoalhaven training session. After a meal visitors were each presented with a banner from the local club.
In from of 170-200 contestants, Kiama MP Gareth Ward gave an impeccable speech not about politics but about judo at the opening ceremony which was very highly praised by the judo fraternity from other states as well as our own.
The Bushido parents and members were unbelievable in organising and running the tournament so successfully.
Under the guidance of Ken Murphy, Darren Fagan and Danny Fagan, it went like clockwork, with everything on time.
Bushido Judo Club Shoalhaven won 24 medals, six gold, seven silver and 11 bronze. Those who didn’t get a medal were not far off the placings and fought their hardest.
The six gold medals were U/8 yrs U/23kg Viveca Lambert 1st; U/8yrs U/27kg Allayah Taylor 1st; U/8yrs U35kg Finn Sutcliff 1st; U/13yrs U40kg Jarla Last 1st; U/16yrs O/65kg Taylor Fagan 1st, Cadet O/90kg Daniel Fagan 1st.
This was Daniel’s second gold medal at an Australian Titles and the first time two brothers have won gold medals at the Australian Titles on the same day from Bushido Shoalhaven.
Silver medallists were: Edward Sullivan, Huon Last, Tyler O’Reilly, Abbey Sullivan, Finn Lewis, James Doosey, Senior Men Open Heavyweight Yettie Lam.
Bronze medallists: Levi O’Rielly, Cain Doosey, Sean Prinsloo, Takeshi Lambert, Sophia Fagan, Sena Fagan, Mia Monkerud, Edward Turley, Haiden Taylor, Seniors Heavyweight Men O/100kg Casey Duggan, Masters Men U/73kg Adrian Turley.
This was a tremendous result for Bushido Judo Club Shoalhaven and the economy around Shoalhaven Heads. Thanks must go to the coacheswho got the members to this stage of their judo career, Bruce Fagan 6th Dan (‘92 Olympics), Darren Fagan 3rd Dan (‘96 Olympics) Danny Fagan 3rd Dan (11 times Aust Champ, Reserve for Olympics 92-96-2000), Hiromi Fagan 3rd Dan (Japan Rep), Ken Murphy 2nd Dan (Australian manager), Elisha Gilmore 1st Dan (World Rep), George Lappin 1st Dan (State Rep), Casey Duggan 1st Dan (State Rep).
If anyone is interested in learning judo, please ring 4448 8494 or visit the Community Centre at Shoalhaven Heads on Tuesdays at 5.30pm. You can also look us up at www.bushidojudoclub.com or facebook Bushido Judo Club Shoalhaven Heads.
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