FIGHTING SPIRIT: Local karate students (from back) Duane Franke, Samara Graham, Ryan Stephens, Liam Stephens, Ryan Taylor, (middle) Hunter Thrupp, Emma Carr, Isabelle Graham, Dallas Woodham, Liam Tomas, Kevin Tomas, (front) Monique Woodham, Kade Harrison, Benjamin Carr, Guy Thrupp, Lachlan Carr and Nate Harrison.
FIGHTING SPIRIT: Local karate students (from back) Duane Franke, Samara Graham, Ryan Stephens, Liam Stephens, Ryan Taylor, (middle) Hunter Thrupp, Emma Carr, Isabelle Graham, Dallas Woodham, Liam Tomas, Kevin Tomas, (front) Monique Woodham, Kade Harrison, Benjamin Carr, Guy Thrupp, Lachlan Carr and Nate Harrison.

Local karate students at nationals

KARATE: Cannonvale and Proserpine Kyokushin Karate club members have returned from the national championships in Sydney with an impressive haul of 16 placings.

Nineteen Whitsunday locals contested the two-day 2015 Australian Kyokushin Karate Association National Championships at the weekend in non- and full-contact events.

In Saturday's kata and non-contact championships, the club gained eight placings.

Liam Stephens and Dallas Woodham were second and third respectively in the kata for 13-15-year boys, while Nate Harrison (third in the kata under-12s) and Samara Graham (third in the kata 13-15 year girls) also fared well.

In non-contact, Graham also won silver in the 13-15-year girls' division.

Isabelle Graham was first in her division, while Emma Carr (third in the 11-12-year girls) and Ryan Stephens (second in the 13-15-year boys) also claimed podium results on Saturday.

The local karate students returned on Sunday for the full-contact contest against the best in the country.

Guy Thrupp finished second in the open men's middleweight division, narrowly missing out on his first place from last year.

The Proserpine local also attended the event in 2006 and 2010, finishing as a runner-up in a junior tournament before placing third upon returning for the full-contact middleweight division.

Hunter Thrupp also claimed silver in the colts 16-17-males lightweight group, while Proserpine's Duane Franke won bronze in the heavyweight fifth kyu and under division.

In other results on Sunday, Monique Woodham finished first in the 12-13-year girls while Lachlan Carr was third in the eight-nine-year boys.

Liam Tomas managed second in the 10-11-year boys and Isabelle Graham also claimed silver in the 14-15-year girls.

Kevin Tomas also found himself on the podium, placing third in the men's heavyweight fifth kyu and under.

Local instructor Belinda Woodham said all 19 students performed strongly on the national stage and were rewarded for their efforts in training.

"It was a brilliant tournament and everyone fought exceptionally well," she said.

"They should all be proud of themselves but I know everyone is proud at home as well. Everyone is coming back inspired."

For information about the kyokushin karate clubs, phone 4946 5581 (Cannonvale) or 0407 139 083 (Proserpine).


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