Sensei marshalls his troops for national championships

Ian Smith.
Ian Smith.

Eyeing spots on the podium are State champion Ian Smith, of Swan View, past Nationals silver medallist Lisa Skrypichayko, of Stoneville, and State team debutants Phil Salmon and Emma Jackson, of Swan Hills.

The club hopes to build on its previous success, with entries in the veterans male and female kata, girls 11 and 12 year old kata, and male kumite (sparring), 75kg and over divisions.

A fifth team member, Kasey Dutton of Gidgegannup, had to withdraw due to a knee injury, but is still excited about supporting her teammates.

‘This group is training diligently and with great focus but more important than that, win or lose, is the experience they gain,’ Allen said.

Allen teaches at Midland and Mt Helena dojos. Call 0419 922 609 or email bob@swanhillsgojuryu.com.au.