20 June, 2022
Coral coast smashes nationals
CORAL Coast Judo has reaffirmed their position as one of the nation's top contending judo clubs after returning from the Judo Australia National Championships with multiple gold medals and national champions in tow.
Held from 10-13 June at the Gold Coast Sport & Leisure Centre, Coral Coast Judo had 12 practitioners from their Port Douglas club fly down to compete.
10 of the 12 players who travelled down to nationals came back with weighted necks as they got either a bronze, silver or gold medal.
Lily Schmidt, Nanami Anderson and Andy Schmidt all achieved gold medals in their individual events making them the reigning national champions for their divisions.
Lily and Julie Anderson went on to beat the national champions in the team event to claim another gold medal for Coral Coast Judo.
Gwyneth Dowell claimed a silver medal in the senior women's division while Rikki Anderson, Julie Anderson and Ben Sultana all claimed bronze medals, taking the total to 10 medals for the club.
President of the club and one of the coaches Jeff Anderson was extremely pleased with the club’s efforts and victories on the matts over the three days.
“I am extremely happy with how the club performed, none of them got throw of the day but they all handled themselves beautifully,” he said.
“Lily Schmidt did exceptionally well, she is just a talented player and just come into senior girls.
“All of them did really well.”