Day 3 NSW finishes on top.
The competition arena at the Wollongong Entertainment Centre was full of buzz on the third and final day of the National Judo Championships. There was an abundance of big ippons to entertain the crowd with Australia’s best young judoka displaying great judo spirit.
NSW finished on top of the medal tally with 94 medals (32 gold, 26 silver, 36 bronze). NSW was followed Victoria with 40 medals (14 gold, 12 silver, and 14 bronze). Michael Briers NSW President mentioned he was very proud of the NSW team’s effort over the weekend and the fantastic sportsmanship shown by all competitors. Michael went on to say, that the overall medal tally is a great outcome for the State and a well deserved reward for the dedicated coaching support team.
The intensity of competition went to a higher level with the Youth Olympics selection tournament. Josh Katz riding on his win earlier in the National Championships came out on top in the 60kg division. Looks like Josh maybe following in his mother Kerrye’s Olympic footsteps!
Neville Sharpe Referee Director was complimentary about his team, acknowledging the high level of officiating. The national seminar conducted at the beginning of the Championships was a success by bringing all referees up to speed with the latest interpretations of the rules. The JFA and IJF are working collaboratively with Carlo Knoester OJU Referee Director outlining IJF refereeing policy.
Colin Hill JFA President closed the event and invited everyone to come back next year.
Junior Boys & Gilrs
Senior Boys & Girls
Youth Olympic Div.