Golden year for karate in the Rockhampton region
IT'S BEEN a golden year for karate in the Rockhampton region.
And there's been plenty of silver and bronze as well.
Under SKIA national coach Sensei Peter Harth, a host of local competitors have scored success at state, national and international tournaments.
Leading the way were promising young talents Caleb Dooley and Levi Davis from Nihon Shotokan Karate Rockhampton and seasoned campaigner Brandt Cogill from Fitzroy Martial Arts.
They represented Australia at the WKF Oceania Championships in Fiji in September.
Dooley won gold in both the individual and team kumite (free fighting), Davis bronze in the individual kumite and Cogill silver in the individual kumite and gold in the team kumite.
The trio, along with Travern Gray, Lyndon Ballinger and Robyn McRae-Zurvas, were also in the medals at the AKF Australian Open in Sydney in April and the Australian National championships in Perth in August.
Dooley won gold, silver and bronze, Davis bronze and Cogill two gold. Isaac Dooley won gold and two silvers, Gray bronze, Ballinger gold and McRae-Zurvus bronze.
Locals also feature prominently among the SKIA national titleholders for 2014. The performances augur well as Rockhampton prepares to host the SKIA national championships next year.