Karate students make the grade
KARATE: A whopping 79 students from Proserpine and Cannonvale went for new gradings last month.
Whitsunday Kyokushin Karate Club's Cannonvale dojo hosted three gradings on November 20-21, with all students passing with flying colours.
"All the students that participated put in a lot of hard work," the club's Belinda Woodham said.
"They have to be ready technically and physically.
"With our style they don't normally go for a grading unless they are well and truly ready."
The gradings were highlighted by a handful of students who went for their brown, green and higher belts - marking more than seven years of training.
While the training year has ended for Whitsunday Kyokushin Karate Club, eyes are already looking to next year, with teachers keen to travel interstate for important meets in Melbourne and Sydney.
Second kyu: Jacqui Diamond
Third kyu: Sebastian Heatley, Jack Wilson, Monique Woodham and Jacob Farrell
Fourth kyu: Jessie Groom
Fifth kyu: Mark Dawes and Liam Tomas
Sixth kyu: Duane Franke, Cody Stevens, Keiren Munckton, Jonathon Heatley and Aiden Sharpe
Seventh kyu: Lisa Stanley, Imogen Graham, Alexis Graham, Velvet Heatley, Zach Blazely, Jaxon Tulk, Imogen Tulk, Jai Sander, Max Thomson, Cooper Sander, Max Steel, Tegam Gravelle, Rhys Gravelle, Samara Graham and Isabelle Graham
Eighth kyu: Scott Hardy, Kay Foster, Brenton Taylor, Amy Read, Kevin Tomas, Aiden Payet, Toby Spence, Rance Yule, Rachael Buckley, Benjamin Carr, Tyson Smith, Lachlan Carr, Nate Harrison, Josh Smith, Will Smith and Chantelle Teale
Ninth kyu: Debbie Niale, Tayla Ziviani, Reshon Avery, Niall Tomas, Emma Smith, Nadil Herath, Blake Hanks, Logan Devery, Matthew Heatley and David Teale
10th kyu: Ruth Tomas, Isabel Spence, Annabelle Thiele, Inez Tickle, Lara Thiele, Tim Cauchi, Jacob Stevenson, Jonathon Nanjaro, Libby Cornish, Penny Farrell, Neville McLiesh, Declan Morrison, Megan Buckley, Samuel Thompson, Kade Harrison, Sonny Burrell, Evan Beale, Gemma Ross, Sam Wilson, Trey Teale, Josh Playford, Jackson Dunford and Ryder Kehres
White-black tip: Larry Edwards and Storm Edwards