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Expression of Interest for Under 15 European Tour

Judo Australia (JA) is planning a first of its kind developmental opportunity in Budapest, Hungary around the April school holidays.

Australian athletes born in 2008, 2009 or 2010 will have the opportunity to travel to Budapest to participate in ten days of high-level training at the well-established judo club (Budapesti Honved Judo Club before competing at the 36th Budapest Cup, a prestigious international tournament followed by two days of international training camp.


JA recognises that unlike their international counterparts, our athletes are not exposed to international competition until they are into their second cadet year. With this opportunity we wish to open up the international pathway for athletes a little earlier. This will ensure our athletes have an opportunity to adjust to international judo before entering higher-level events.


Who is this opportunity suitable for?


Athletes who were born in 2008, 2009 and 2010 who wish to pursue their sporting career in judo and are at a minimum blue belt grade.


NOTE: Participating athletes will be required to cope with a high intensity, heavy training load, therefore this opportunity is mostly suited for those who train all year around and have extensive competition experience in Australia.


Weight division for the Budapest Cup Under 15 age group:

GIRLS

BOYS

36 kg

36 kg

40 kg

40 kg

44 kg

45 kg

48 kg

50 kg

52 kg

55 kg

57 kg

60 kg

63 kg

66 kg

Over 63 kg

73 kg

81 kg


Over 81 kg

What will Judo Australia provide?


Kyle McIndoe, JA under 15 national coach and a female coach/manager (still to be appointed) will be traveling with the team. JA will organise all logistics for the tour. Parents are allowed to travel with the athletes but are asked to not interfere with the training, coaching or team activities.


How will the EOI applications be assessed?


JA wants to make sure that this opportunity is a positive experience for all athletes. We ask that you please only apply if you know that your son/daughter will be able to cope with the training and competition pressure and will be able to be away from home for the duration of the tour. JA high performance staff will interview the coaches and parents of all applicants before agreeing who is accepted for the tour.


What is the estimated cost of the tour?


Unfortunately, JA doesn’t receive any government funding for this age group and families will have to self-fund this tour. The estimated cost is:

ITEM

COST

Airfares

$2,500

Accommodation

$1,000

Backnumbers

40 Euros

IJF Approved Blue & White Gi

$400

Entry Fee Tournament & Camp

30 Euros

How do I apply for this opportunity?


Please submit an electronic EOI form by Sunday, 5 March 2023. Interviews with the personal coaches and families will be held between Monday,6 March and Wednesday, 8 March 2023. Acceptances for the tour will be communicated to families via email by Thursday, 9 March 2023.


How will the EOI applications be assessed?


JA wants to make sure that this opportunity is a positive experience for all athletes. We ask that you please only apply if you know that your son/daughter will be able to cope with the training and competition pressure and will be able to be away from home for the duration of the tour. JA high performance staff will interview the coaches and parents of all applicants before agreeing who is accepted for the tour.


Who to contact with questions?


If you have any questions regarding this opportunity before or after you apply, please contact either:


· Maria Pekli – maria.pekli@ausjudo.com.au or 0425 350 700, or

· Kyle McIndoe - kyle.m2103@gmail.com or 0401 232 661



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