Judo pair star at Oceania titles
TWO Lismore PCYC judo combatants have returned from a very successful 2012 Oceania Judo Championships held in Cairns last earlier this week.
Lismore sensei Alan Foley said that Bianca Phillips, 16, earned selection after winning both the cadet and young women's divisions at events in the ACT and Brisbane.
"She is now the 2012 Oceania champion in her division," Foley said.
"In Cairns, Bianca had two fights, one against a Brisbane opponent who she easily defeated in the cadets 15-16 years over-70kg division.
"They had previously clashed and Bianca had won that fight as well. She advanced to the final, defeating her Ni-Vanuatu opponent in nine seconds.
"In the young women 17-21 years over-70kg division, she defeated her opponent, but in the final, she was defeated by her New Zealand opponent, a woman six years her senior.
"Jaydha Wilmoth had taken gold in the ACT and silver in Brisbane, in the cadet and young women under-57kg divisions.
"In Cairns, the 16-year-old won both her rounds in the last two seconds to get into the final, but unfortunately finished second, but she was awesome throughout.
"In fact, both girls showed everyone just how good they are."
The results give Foley's team the number one and two positions in the Oceania region.
Next month, Daniel Parry, Bianca Phillips, Jaydha Wilmoth, and Heidi Wright will contest the Australian titles in Wollongong before going to New Zealand for the Auckland Open in July.