Strong karate squad takes on state
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au
FIFTEEN members of Gladstone's Shotokan Karate International Club are making the trek up the Bruce Highway for the state titles in Rockhampton on Sunday.
The squad is by far the largest the local club has sent away for a state title event.
Club sensei Greg Duckham is optimistic the Gladstone party will perform strongly against Queensland's best.
'We're confident our members are going to perform very well in Rockhampton,' Duckham said.
'We have targeted for this event and hopefully we will have a few state champions come Sunday night.'
One of the big hopes according to Duckham is Jon Redshaw who is contesting the tough junior open division.
'Jon is a fantastic athlete and he should perform very well, he should be confident of his chances,' he said.
Duckham also selected Jamie Partridge and Jessie Smoothy as others who could pick up a state championship title
'Jamie and Jessie are two very talented club juniors who have all the attributes and are already nominated for the Queensland team,' he said.
Preceding the titles is a special training seminar on the Saturday hosted by the state technical panel.
The seminar gathers the best fifth dans together in the one location.
Duckham said the seminar's purpose was to give the state's most promising juniors some valuable experience.