Harry downs his mentor in jiu-jitsu
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au
BOYNE Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BBJ) member Harry Henderson is the area's newest national champion after starring at the Australian Championships in Brisbane on Saturday. Henderson turned the tables on clubmate and 2005 s tate champion Chris McCracken on his way to two national titles in the Open and Masters over 97kg divisions.
McCracken, who doubles as Henderson's coach, was rapt with his win, even though they came at his expense.
"Harry fully deserved to beat me, he was just too good,'' McCracken said.
"He prepared mentally very well and technically had the edge in both finals.
'To be the second best in the whole of Australia is something to be proud about.'
McCracken added the level of competition at the nationals was extremely high and the fact both he and Henderson qualified for two finals was a fantastic achievement.
'For Harry and myself to make two finals is showing that we are doing a number of things right here,' he said.
Henderson and McCracken now shift their focus to November's Pan Pacific Games in Melbourne.
McCracken is expecting tough competition from the best from Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific.