Judo efforts earn recognition
LISMORE MP Thomas George has presented five local judo exponents (judoka) with certificates from the NSW Government for their efforts at the recent 2010 national championships in Brisbane.
Premier’s Awards went to Cameron Blewett, Daniel Parry, Jaydha Wilmoth and her brother Levi. Bianca Phillips was unable to attend.
Mr George addressed the dojo at Lismore PCYC, pointing out the merits of all judoka fine-tuning their sport to become State, even national, representatives.
“These young people have earned respect from the State Government for tireless efforts in their sport,” he said.
“The NSW Government instituted this award for people who reach State representative level at any age.”
Sensei Allan Foley said Levi Wilmoth fought well to secure a second place at his first Australian titles.
“Unfortunately he lost in the last 20 seconds,” Foley said. “But he did well.
“His sister, Jaydha placed third overall.
“Bianca fought really well to place second in her event.
“Daniel fought the eventual winner in his first fight and came back strongly to place third.
“We now have three aiming for the Australian team next year, and hopefully Daniel will be heading off to fight in Japan, also next year.
“Now we’re looking toward the first selection tournament in Sydney later this year, then the NSW and Victorian opens.”
It is the second time the five have been recognised by the State Government.