North Coogee karate kid ready for world stage

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NORTH Coogee’s Blake Skewes will be looking to find his own Mr Miyagi when he attends a prestigious Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) karate training camp this weekend.

The three day AIS Cadet Junior U21 camp is a chance for participants to hone their karate skills, with the 14-year-old All Saints College student to use it as a stepping stone for potential selection to the 2019 XI World Karate Championships in Chile this year.

It will be a competitive selection, with only two positions on offer.

Blake Skewes.

Blake said he was honoured to be a part of the camp, which he was invited to after winning gold and bronze at the Australian Karate Federation 2019 Australian Open.

“The camp is invite-only, so it was a great honour to have this opportunity to train in Canberra with a line-up of some of the best international and national coaches,” he said.

“If I did not train and work hard, I don’t think I would be able to compete at this level.

“You can be the best, but if you do not show respect and conduct yourself with the highest standard of good sportsmanship and professionalism, they will not select you, as you are representing Australia and the coaches.”