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Melinda Brezmen, centre, from Swan Hills goju ryu karate won gold in the female veterans kata. Picture: LISA SKRYPICHAYKO

Karate students excel

MIDLAND and Mt Helena karate students have been showing their winning style bringing home a dozen medals from recent tournaments.

At the Senshinkan Open tournament held recently in Joondalup, Melinda Brezmen won gold in the female veterans kata division, while Drew Ridley took silver in the male veterans kata event – his first competition since he last trained in karate twenty years ago.

Phil Salmon’s team took out gold in their team kata event and he also received a bronze medal in men’s open kata.

Joel Whitaker and Pierce Brezmen both won silver medals in their age group kata events, with Pierce also placing third in his debut kumite (sparring) competition.

Giselle Brezmen came third in her age group for kata, and Evie Oliver of Swan Hills goju ryu’s sister dojo took gold and silver kata medals home to Bridgetown.

Swan Hills goju ryu’s medals run continued at the WA Karate Federation State Championships, where competitors vied for spots on the state team.

Tazmin Smith took home a bronze medal for her kata performance, and Phil Salmon again won bronze in men’s open kata.

Sensei Bob Allen said once again hard training by the students had paid off.

“It’s pleasing to see so many Swan Hills Karate students competing in the first tournaments of this year, and I’m proud of everyone’s results,’’ he said.

“I’m pleased and excited to see so many of my students moving outside their comfort zone.

“[The] ability to rise to new challenges is a priceless quality that will serve them well in all aspects of life.’’

About Anita

Anita Mcinnes received a highly commended in the 2009 WA Media Awards suburban section for her reporting. Two of her sons were born at Swan District Hospital and for many years she was a partner in a small business, which operated in the Gingin-Muchea-Bullsbrook area. As a mature age student Anita studied journalism at Curtin University before working in Busselton, Dunsborough and Rockingham with West Regionals. She says the best part of her job is meeting eastern suburb residents and visiting the many attractions in the area.

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