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14 November, 2020

GRAPPLING FOR TOP POSITION

Coral Coast Judo Club, based in Mossman is fighting for the top spot in Queensland.

By Peter McCullagh

At last weekend’s November 7, North Queensland Judo Championships in Innisfail, Coral Coast Judo brought home a swag of medals.

Over 80 Competitors from various clubs in Townsville, Innisfail, Malanda, Mossman and Cairns contested the North Queensland Championships.

Coral Coast Judo Club, which trains at the Victor Crees Pavilion at the Mossman Showgrounds, has 78 members and is now considered the largest judo club in North Queensland.

Club Committee Member Robert McIntosh said the club members did an incredible job at the regional championships.

“We are really happy to be announced as the second largest Judo club in Queensland, so now we are gunning for the top spot,” he said.

Douglas Shire Council’s Sport and Recreation Officer, Renee Ker, said the club was doing an amazing job.

“They have an incredible culture and high calibre of coaching which is creating real pathways for high level sport in the community, all from the little town of Mossman,” she said.

“I encourage everyone to learn a martial art. It’s never too early or too late to learn, and it helps immensely with coordination and balance with the added bonus of building confidence and self-defence.”

The NQ Championships was the last of the regional based competitions. The Queensland team will now be selected to compete at Australian Championships in 2021 on the Gold Coast.

Coral Coast Judo has been operating for the past 20 years in Mossman with students training twice a week.

For more information on Judo you can visit their Facebook page or find them on the web.

Coral Coast Medal Winners Were:

• GOLD – Nikita McDonald, Alex McDonald x 2, Nanami Anderson, Lily Schmidt, Gwyneth Dowell.

• SILVER – Jake Lyle, Max Schmidt x 2, Alex McDonald, Gwyneth Dowell, Oscar Dowell, Price Duncan, Nanami Anderson, Julie Anderson x 2.

• BRONZE – Hunta Langley x 2, Nikita McDonald, Max Schmidt , Oscar Dowell, Kayla Trezise.

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