Nate happily displays his medals.
Nate happily displays his medals. Contributed GLA111017NATE

It's been a golden year for trooper Nate and other Gladstone fighters shine

MARTIAL ARTS: Gladstone Martial Arts Academy young gun Nate Gourley has had an amazing year competing in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

The nine-year-old has had a strike rate most would envy and his determination and commitment has had him striking a pot of gold.

Nate competed in only five tournaments this year, but has come away with nine gold medals. He missed out in only one of the possible 10 where he won a bronze.

GMMA head coach Rob McIntyre said there could be more reword for Nate and others from the club.

"Nate will be travelling to the Gold Coast with his Gladstone Martial Arts Academy team-mates to try to capture two more gold medals from the last tournament of the year on November 12 which is the Queensland Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Championships East Coast Championships,” McIntyre said.

"Nate's results are a big part of the Gladstone Martial Arts Academy team totals which are outstanding so far after only five tournaments.

"This local team has already earned 53 gold, 45 silver and 11 bronze medals and that is an average of more than 10 gold medals per tournament.”

Nate has been training in martial arts for four years and the BJJ form for just 18 months.

"I am learning three at the moment, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Mixed Martial Arts and Muay Thai kickboxing as well,” he said.

The biggest thing is enjoyment as well.

"I love that I make friends with everyone else that trains too,” Nate said.

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