Karate tournament a hit for locals
LOCAL karate kid Luke Fawcett was one of dozens of martial arts students to gain a huge boost to their confidence last weekend, with parents, family and friends cheering them on at an in-house karate tournament in Lismore.
Luke, 11, joined about 100 karate students to compete in Success Martial Arts (SMA) Black Belt Academy’s first in-house tournament of the year, where he took a first place in sparring.
He wasn’t the only one who came out of the half-day event smiling – his father, Steve Fawcett, couldn’t wipe the grin off his face.
“Luke has gained a lot of self-belief since he started with Success Martial Arts,” Steve Fawcett said.
“He was very happy with himself and gained a lot of confidence.”
Ken Sharp, a winner in weapons and kata divisions, also remarked on his increased confidence and composure, describing the sport as ‘challenging and improving the way I think about things’.
The tournaments are held four times a year.
Sparring Black Belt female primary school: 1st Shania Donnelly, 2nd Renee Noble
Sparring Black Belt female high school: 1st Danielle Smith, 2nd Jemma Restall, 3rd Josephine Gardner-Marlin
Sparring Black Belt male adults: 1st Andrew McWilliam, 2nd Steve Cottam, 3rd Brett O’Driscoll
Sparring Black Belt male primary school: 1st Alexander McKenna, 2nd Jake Crimmins
Sparring Level 3 female primary school: 1st Meghann Rice-Finlayson, 2nd Brooke Restall, 3rd Rhiannon Montague-Elliott
Sparring Level 3 male primary school: 1st Luke Fawcett, 2nd Chris Lindsay, 3rd Lennox Cresswell
Sparring Level 3 male adults: 1st Kris Hoggan, 2nd Mark Finlayson, 3rd Wan Johnston
Sparring Level 3 female adults: 1st Danae Rice-Finlayson, 2nd Sonja Cottam, 3rd Kerry Whitney
Sparring Level 2/3 male high school: 1st Matthew Correy, 2nd Brodie Flynn, 3rd Morgan Montague-Elliott
Sparring Level 2/3 female high school: 1st Rebekka Cottam, 2nd Sara Bond
Sparring Level 2 female primary school: 1st Grace O’Birik, 2nd Mary Bond
Sparring Level 2 male primary school: 1st Barry Butler, 2nd Jaume Pirie, 3rd Kairen Wijeyekoon
Sparring Level 1/2 male adult: 1st Kel McGrath, 2nd Robert Gibbs, 3rd Robert Gailey
Sparring Level 1 female primary school: 1st Clare Golding, 2nd Sophie Lane
Sparring Level 1 male primary school: 1st Kei Winmill, 2nd Ryan McGrath, 3rd Kaleb Jeffery
Sparring Level 1 female adult: 1st Christine Hahn, 2nd Larissa Peteraitis, 3rd Debbie Lindsay
Sparring Level 1 female high school: 1st Rachael Marx-Jobson, 2nd Harley Nelson, 3rd Deana Nelson
Weapons Black Belt adult: 1st Steve Cottam, 2nd David Munro
Weapons Black Belt high school: Equal 1st Courtney Noble, Sean Lowndes
Weapons Level 3/Black Belt primary school: 1st Shania Donnelly, 2nd Catherine Mckenna
Weapons Level 3 adult: 1st Kris Hoggan, 2nd Peter McRobert, 3rd Mark Finlayson
Weapons Level 2 adult: 1st Mark Angel, 2nd Ken Sharp, 3rd Robert Gibbs
Weapons Level 3 high school: 1st Amy Welsh, 2nd Kaitlyn Studders, 3rd Emma Welsh
Weapons Level 1 primary school: 1st Grace O’Birik, Equal 2nd Jessie Cottam, Tashin Nagy, 3rd Jaume Pirie
Kata Black Belt adult: 1st Andrew Green, 2nd Andrew McWilliam, 3rd Steve Cottam
Kata Black Belt high school: 1st Samantha Mckenna, 2nd Jemma Restall, 3rd Courtney Noble
Kata Black Belt primary school: 1st Jake Crimmins, 2nd Renee Noble, 3rd Shania Donnelly
Kata Level 1 adult: 1st Christine Hahn, 2nd Larissa Peteraitis, 3rd Kel McGrath
Kata Level 2 adult: 1st Ken Sharp, Equal 2nd Mark Angel, David King, 3rd Robert Gailey
Kata Level 3 adult: Equal 1st Mark Finlayson, Kris Hoggan, Peter McRobert, Katherine Emerton, 2nd Wan Johnston, 3rd Sonja Cottam
Kata Level 1 high school: 1st Rachael Marx-Jobson, 2nd Deana Nelson, 3rd Harley Nelson
Kata Level 2 high school: 1st Matthew Correy, 2nd Jarrod Garrett, 3rd Sara Bond
Kata Level 3 high school: 1st Amy Welsh, 2nd Rebekka Cottam, 3rd Kaitlyn Studders
Kata Level 1 primary school: 1st Sophie Lane, 2nd Clare Golding, 3rd Ethan Winmill
Kata Level 2 primary: Equal 1st Barry Butler, Tashin Nagy, 2nd Grace O’Birik, 3rd Mary Bond
Kata Level 3 primary: 1st Brooke Restall, 2nd Meghann Rice-Finlayson, 3rd Lisa Gallpen