Hannah Mossman on her way to winning the Female Colts State Champion title for Shotokan Karate at the Tannum Sands High School Performance Centre.
Hannah Mossman on her way to winning the Female Colts State Champion title for Shotokan Karate at the Tannum Sands High School Performance Centre. Submitted

Mossman claims crown

LOCAL martial arts fighters displayed good form at the recent Shotokan Karate State Championships, coming away from the prestigious two-day event with their heads held high.

Benaraby Shotokan Karate Club’s Hannah Mossman was successful in claiming another Queensland title.

But, while she took out the girls’ junior tournament in 2008, this time she stepped up superbly to claim the colts’ division.

This achievement goes along with the CQ Championship title Mossman took out in early June in Yeppoon.

Benaraby Shotokan Karate Club sensei Tim Hughes said the standard of fighting was very high, and unfortunately the club’s local hopes, outside of Mossman, did not feature in the final placings.

About 130 martial arts exponents competed at the state titles, which were held at the Tannum Sands High School Performance Centre.

Hughes said the club was stoked with Mossman’s achievement, and she was well on track to being named this year’s club champion.

“Rockhampton was once again successful in taking the majority of wins in the free-fighting, but Hannah wasn’t giving hers up,” Hughes said.

Rockhampton’s Brad Watts, who will train the Australian contingent at the next World Championships, had bouts against Benaraby’s Ashley Carriage and Hughes in the first and third round, defeating them both.

Watts went on to win third place in the Queensland open 75kg and over division.



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