Karate: Westminster twins help Australia win first World Karate Federation Karate 1 Series A medal

From left to right: Mishela Dimoska, Marijana Dimoska and Kiriana Kamcheska.
From left to right: Mishela Dimoska, Marijana Dimoska and Kiriana Kamcheska.

WESTMINSTER twins Mishela and Marijana Dimoska have helped Australia win its first medal at a World Karate Federation Karate 1 Series A competition for the first time.

The twins joined fellow Ronin Karate Club member Kiriana Kamcheska to take home a bronze medal in Shanghai from December 7 to 9.

After losing 3-2 in the semi-final against eventual champions Spain, the team beat Greece 5-0 in the Kata bronze medal match.Mishela said it was a big challenge as it was the first time she competed in a team with her sister and Kamcheska for Australia.

“Winning bronze at this top world-level competition is a great achievement for us especially after winning against one of the strongest teams Italy who have been multiple winners at European and World Championships,” she said.

“We want to say huge thanks to our parents – who are also our Ronin Karate Club coaches – for training us and supporting us with financial help as well.

“They are some of the best approved coaches in world with 40 years experience of coaching silver and bronze medal winners at World Championships and more medals at under-21 World Cups, European Championships and Karate 1 Leagues.

“Also, huge thanks to WA Institute of Sport members for giving us opportunity to train in great conditions with professionals and the Australia Karate Federation and all the Australian karate team members and friends who always support us.”

Marijana said while it was not her and Mishela’s first Karate 1 series medal, it was their first for Australia at this level.

“It was a good start for us as an Australian team – we are so happy that we made Australia proud,” she said.

Marijana said they were preparing for a national squad training camp in February, ahead of the Oceania Championships in April where the best two competitors for each category would be chosen.

She said the team’s goals were to compete in the Association of National Olympic Committees’ World Beach Games in San Diego and a few premier league and Series A competitions in Salzburg, Dubai, Montreal, Tokyo and Istanbul.

Kiriana, who has only been in Australia for three months, said her goal was to be selected in the national under-21s team on the back of a good showing at the national camp.