State medal haul for Judo locals

Lismores Kymberley Casey-Sams and her brother Nicholas Casey-Sams both won silver in the Queensland Open Judo Championships in the Under 13 girls/Under 40kg and Under 13 boys/Under 40kg divisions respectively over the weekend.

The Lismore Judo Club showed its strength in Brisbane over the weekend by taking home six of the medals on offer at the annual Queensland Judo Championships.

Nine-year-old Nicholas Casey-Sams competed up a division in the Under 13 boys/Under 40kg grouping, taking out five decisive victories from six bouts with his favourite throw, the tai-otoshi or body drop. This gave Nicholas a hard earned silver medal. Meanwhile, his sister Kymberley Casey-Sams also picked up a silver medal in the Under 13 girls/Under 40kg division.

The Casey-Sams werent the only family pairing to do well at the Championships with Joel and Jasmine Parer winning gold and silver in their respective divisions (Under 13 boys/Under 60kg and Under 16 girls/Under 57kg).

Takashi Wantanabe picked up the gold medal in the mens Under 81kg and bronze in the open mens event, following on from his recent success at the Adelaide University Games.

Judo is the first original Olympic martial art and is practiced in Lismore under the instruction of sensei Alan Foley at the Lismore PCYC. Practice is held each Tuesday and Thursday at 5pm for juniors and at 6pm for seniors. For more information phone the club on 6621 6276.

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