BRONZED AUSSIE: Imogen Crampton, 16, from the Northern Rivers Shukokai Karate Club, showed grit and determination to secure two Bronze medals in the Queensland Karate Association State Titles on Sunday March 18.
BRONZED AUSSIE: Imogen Crampton, 16, from the Northern Rivers Shukokai Karate Club, showed grit and determination to secure two Bronze medals in the Queensland Karate Association State Titles on Sunday March 18. Chris Griffith - Medal Shots

Imogen's Olympic karate dream

WHEN it comes to martial arts, Year 11 Kadina High School student Imogen Crampton, has a bright future ahead if her showing at the recent Queensland titles are any indication.

The 16-year-old who hold a 3rd Kyu Brown Belt ranking, snapped up two Bronze medals in the Queensland Karate Association State Titles on Sunday.

Now Imogen is focusing on getting a place one day at the Olympic Games, now karate will make it's debut in 2020 as one of five new sports on the event program.

And her double bronze win interstate has brought her one roundhouse kick closer to making this dream come true.

"I'd love to represent Australia at the Olympics in karate," she said.

Northern Rivers Shukokai Karate Club coach Barry Potts, said the teenager who has only been training in Karate for three years, fought extremely well at her first attempt to get to the top of the podium at this type of competition.

"Competing at these titles for the first time at this level, Imogen narrowly missed out on winning her 16-17yrs -59Kg Kyu Grade bout by only 1 point, 4 to 5," he said.

"This would have put her standing for the Gold medal (and) throwing a well place roundhouse kick to her opponents' head, right on the buzzer, it would have scored three points and the win."

However, Potts said the young woman had plenty of grit and focus as she then took on her next bout which was the 16-17 years Black Belt 59Kg Division.

"Imogen is a 3rd Kyu Brown Belt competing against 1st and 2nd Dan Black Belts, she fought very well against a more experienced competitor," he said.

"Even though losing her bout, was still able to secure a bronze medal."

Imogen said she become interested in the sport for self-defence, but now loves competing.

"I felt happy and excited to get the bronze," she said

"Now I teach the younger kids and train 5.30pm to 8pm three nights week.".

Potts said the talented teen will compete at the Australian Open to Liverpool Sydney next month after competing at the Shito-Ryu Shukokai Open in Brisbane and the National All Styles Tournaments, with the goal of securing the trifecta of a National Champion's title after achieving bronze and silver medals in 2016 and 2017.



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