Christmas in Japan

Michelle Knoester, Sophie Robins, Stela Reyes and Katie Hunter.Picture: Martin Kennealey        www.communitypix.com.au   d442856
Michelle Knoester, Sophie Robins, Stela Reyes and Katie Hunter.Picture: Martin Kennealey        www.communitypix.com.au d442856

FOUR northern suburbs youngsters will spend Christmas in Japan to take part in an international judo tournament.

Every year in December, Sanix Sports Foundation runs the International Juvenile Judo Team Championships and training camp in Fukuoka.

Stela Reyes (14), of Joondalup, Michelle Knoester (14), of Ocean Reef, Sophie Robins (14), of Mindarie, and Katie Hunter (13), of Yanchep, will attend the camp from December 23 to 24 and then the tournament from December 25 to 28.

The Kano Judo School, based in Joondalup, will join more than 100 domestic and overseas teams taking part.

Team manager Sarah Hunter said this would be the first time a team from Australia had attended.

She said the event would provide the students with training and tournament experience, and enhance their techniques and skills.

“It a chance to mix with their counterparts from different cultural backgrounds to contribute to their development as individuals,” she said.

She said the girls were selected for their “passion, determination and hard work over the last year, with numerous medals locally and nationally”.

“They’ve represented WA for several years and have a lot of ambition in regards to their future judo careers,” she said.

Celeste Knoester, who has represented Australia, will join the girls as team coach.

To donate to help with travel costs, go to www.gofundme. com/zrvhsx6v.