DAY TWO - 2012 National Championships


Day 2 of the National Championships finished on a big note with the Open divisons where Priscus Fogagnolo from Tasmania took out the men's open division and Kiliane Beunard from NSW winning the Women's open.

Judo history was made on day 2 with both Chloe Rayner and Karen Da Silva winning medals in the, Cadet Women, Junior Women and Senior Women. Karen who recently turned 16 years old and currently ranked in the top 7 in the world cadet rankings, had an exceptional day and we are all watching what Karen will achieve next. Chloe Rayner was on fire capitalising on her recent 3 OJU Championships gold medals by taking a clean sweep of an additional 3 medals at the nationals. Like Karen we are looking forward to what Chloe can do next.

Stewart Brain head coach for the London Olympic team was pleased with the performance of London Olympian Mark Anthony who showed his supremacy in the 90kg male weight class. Stewart went on to say that Mark looked exceptionally sharp and is in fine shape leading into the Games.

Perhaps the strongest division contested today, was the 100kg mens division with a number of international players going head to head. The eventual winner after a number of hard fought matches was Martin Janata from NSW previously from Slovakia. Martin has previously ranked in the top five in the World.

On the second day of the National Championships NSW steam rolled ahead on the medal tally with an impressive 59 medals comprising 18 gold, 14 silver and 27 bronze. Also featuring for the first time at the nationals was the special needs competitions. Kata competition is also growing with kata competitors from as young as 10 years of age. Junior kata competition is attracting younger judoka with 5 kata pairs competing.

Colin Hill JFA President mentioned that tomorrow is also going to be a great day with the younger judoka putting their skills on the mat. Tomorrow will also feature for the first time a selection tournament for the youth Olympics that will be contested next January in Sydney with international players from 8 invited countries.