Success for Lismore dojo
Daniel Parry, 16, and Bianca Phillips, 13, of Woodburn won their divisions at the national titles in Canberra, while Cameron Blewitt, 13, of Yamba, finished second in his.
Lismore MP Thomas George presented the trio with certificates at the Lismore dojo and recognised the input from their sensei, Alan Foley.
“These students would not be where they’re at if not for you,” he said.
Daniel represented at the NSW Open championships (third) and the Queensland State championships (first), then the Victorian Open titles (first) last week.
After only 4½ years, he is Australian Under-16 judo champion and is aiming for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Bianca has been fighting for only two years and enjoying it. She is the Under-13 girls champion.
She said that she is ‘having a break now but looking forward to getting back into it’.
Cameron began fighting six years ago in his native South Africa.
He’s been in Australia only one year and travels from Yamba to Lismore to train.