Courtney Creagh, Ashley Collinscastle and Paige Einarson practising Shotokan.
Courtney Creagh, Ashley Collinscastle and Paige Einarson practising Shotokan. SIMON CRASE

State champs weekend

THE Shotokan Karate International Australia (SKIA) State Championships are on today and tomorrow at the Tannum Sands High School Performance Centre.

Benaraby Dojo members Daniel Lohrey and Hannah Mossman should be prominent when the finals are fought out on Sunday.

Lohrey, a third dan brown belt, has been practising Shotokan for three years, after wandering past the Benaraby Hall and seeing a class in action.

“I thought I’d try it out and I’d done a different style when I was younger,” Lohrey said.

“I’m constantly learning and there’s not a training session that goes by where you don’t learn something.”

Lohrey finished fourth at the national titles last year, and has his sights set on a first place in his first state titles, as he enjoys the competition at the highest level.

“It’s exhilarating and gets your adrenaline up; what you come out with at the end is pure experience, it doesn’t matter if you get medals or certificates,” he said.

Mossman has been a Shotokan exponent for the past four years and was inspired by watching other students.

“I wanted to be just like them,” she said.

With state and CQ titles already claimed, Mossman will be right up there this weekend.

Local SKIA instructor Tim Hughes is competing this weekend in the open black belt category, as well as keeping a watchful eye on his students.

“Watching the top-notch competitors gives me a real rush,” he said.

The main club hopefuls should do well, the instructor said.

“Hannah is very relaxed and that’s the secret when free sparring and Daniel is almost there as well,” Hughes said.

About 130 competitors are attending the championships and clubs from Gladstone, Calliope and Tannum Sands are among those competing.

Competition begins this morning and the finals will be held on Sunday about noon.

Entry is free to the public.



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