Shobukan Martial Arts athletes win medals at National Karate Championships

Shobukan Martial Arts head coach Michael Panossian with athletes Ella Cooperwhite, Saba Clark, Cameron Lyons, Kate Andrews, Ross Gustaffson, Darcy Horwood, Kyra Foster, Olivia Clifford, Piper Lovely
Arushan Aravindhan, Shelby Miller and Mason Clark. (Absent: Kristen Walden)
Shobukan Martial Arts head coach Michael Panossian with athletes Ella Cooperwhite, Saba Clark, Cameron Lyons, Kate Andrews, Ross Gustaffson, Darcy Horwood, Kyra Foster, Olivia Clifford, Piper Lovely Arushan Aravindhan, Shelby Miller and Mason Clark. (Absent: Kristen Walden)

A NORTHERN suburbs karate team won several medals at the recent National Karate Championships in Tasmania.

Athletes from Shobukan Martial Arts won three gold, one silver and four bronze medals at the competition in early August.

“Our athletes trained everyday leading up to their event and are now preparing to make an impact for 2020 nationals held in Perth (in July),” head instructor Mike Panossian said.

“This event will be held earlier coinciding with karate making its debut in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.”

The WA head coach said a dozen of the 50 athletes in the state team represented Shobukan, and WA increased its medal tally to climb from fourth place to third behind Victoria and NSW.

Olivia Clifford (19) and head coach Mike Panossian.

One of Shobukan’s female athletes, Olivia Clifford (19) won two gold medals at the championships and has been selected to represent Australia at the U21 junior and cadets world championships held in Santiago, Chile in late October.

“Her ultimate goal is to compete at the Olympic games where karate makes its debut in Tokyo 2020,” Panossian said.

Nine-year-old Cameron Lyons won the club’s third gold medal.