FIVE students from the Santos Judo Academy in Midland have been working up a sweat at the Midland PCYC after being selected to represent WA at the National Judo Championships on the Gold Coast this month.
Coach Dawn Santos said it would be the largest national championships held in Australia, with about 920 division entries.
“Harry Gordon, Aaron Bryson and Toby Bryson have been to the nationals before, however it is Bailey Griffiths and Briana Rasmussen’s first time,” she said.
“Briana is relatively new to the sport and has only been doing judo for just over a year.
“She shows a lot of potential and will be one to watch as she progresses with the sport.”
Mrs Santos said Toby had spent time training at the Australian Institute of Sport earlier this year with Australia’s best judo practitioner.
“He has recently just returned to the game after breaking his collarbone while at the Queensland International Open in March,” she said.
“It’s been a long road to recovery, but he is looking forward to competing in Queensland.”
Mrs Santos said the students would gain vital experience at the competition.
“We are hoping they will bring back some medals for our state and club,” she said.
“The older competitors will also have the opportunity to gain points to be ranked in Australia and this will help with getting selected to represent Australia.”
The National Judo Championships are on from June 9 to 12 in Queensland.