Josephine Gardner-Marlin with her medals from the Australian Open Karate Championships.
Josephine Gardner-Marlin with her medals from the Australian Open Karate Championships.

Don't medal with this black belt

Lismore teenager Josephine Gardner-Marlin has taken out a silver and a bronze medal at the Australian Open Karate Championships in Melbourne last weekend.

Josephine took on South Australia’s Anri Mau at 10 o’clock at night to take out a silver medal in an eventful 48kg division, and in a second breathtaking round, she made an exciting comeback to secure a bronze in the open weight category against Myrium Penia from New Caledonia.

“With only 30 seconds left of that bout Josephine was behind 4-1 but in an awesome show of skill and defence, she quickly managed to turn the match around to win 6-4,” father and coach Richard Marlin said.

Although she is only 16, Josephine is already a black belt and has been doing karate for more than 10 years. She trains three or four nights a week and said her aim now is to make the World Championships.

“It felt really good (to be on the winners’ podium). I felt really proud and that all the training had paid off,” she said.


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