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Dojo students knock out the competition

MORE than 60 students from nine Tasmanian and Victorian dojos put their best foot forward to claim a spot on the podium at the 2016 Tasmanian State Karate Championships held recently at New Town High School.

Tasmania brought home a gold and bronze medal at the championships, with T’Meika Knapp, from the Kimekai Karate Tasmania Dojo at Mt Stuart, placing first and Kate Jones, from Kintora Shotokan Karate-Do in New Town, placing third in the Female Kata 16-plus years category.

Presenting the podium winners with their medals was special guest and Speaker of the House of Assembly, Elise Archer.

Ms Archer said the hard work and dedication of each of the competitors was “clearly evident” as they battled it out for a position in individual, team and combative events.

“It was very entertaining to watch the different events and age groups and to see the focus and discipline of the competitors,” she said.

“Congratulations to all the medal winners, participants, coaches, umpires, officials and volunteers who made the event such a success.

“It was great to see so many people participating at such a well organised event.”

The event was held in the lead up to the national titles, which will take place in Victoria in August 2016 with more than 400 competitors from across Australia preparing to compete.

For more information about karate in Tasmania, visit www.akftas.org.au.

Caption: State karate championship winner T’Meika Knapp, who trains at the Kimekai Karate Tasmania Dojo at Mt Stuart.

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