Karate triumph: Danielle Smith.
Karate triumph: Danielle Smith.

Lismore teen is a karate ‘queen'

A 16 YEAR-OLD from Lismore has claimed yet another first-place triumph when she won the female 15-17 years sparring division at the National All Styles Martial Arts Titles at the Gold Coast last weekend.

Black-belt holder Danielle Smith, of Richmond River High School, was one of hundreds from across Queensland and NSW to compete in the event, held at the Carrara Indoor Sports Stadium on Sunday.

Her coach, Master Richard Marlin of Success Martial Arts Black Belt Academy in South Lismore, said he was very proud, but not very surprised, of her achievements.

“She seems to win something at every tournament,” Marlin said.

“She has won numerous State and national titles at NAS and Australian Karate Federation events.

“She's just too strong for her opponents – her awesome achievements seem unbeatable.”

Also doing the Lismore community proud at Carrara was 13-year-old black-belter Jake Noble, who won first place in the boys 12/13 years division. His sister, Courtney, won second in 12/13 years girls division.

“Obviously the competitive edge runs in the family,” Marlin said.

“The Nobles are clearly champions of the future – their focus, confidence and performance in karate has skyrocketed in recent months.”

Brett O'Driscoll won second place in the veterans in his first tournament in the black belt divisions.



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