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Harvey Karate Club shine at 2023 Australian National Karate Championships in Adelaide with podium finishes

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Sean Van Der WielenHarvey-Waroona Reporter
Eva Cusack, Harvey Karate Club sensei Paganini Ursua, Khaleesi Collins, Phoenix Collins, Sophia Tomas and Tyger Collins.
Camera IconEva Cusack, Harvey Karate Club sensei Paganini Ursua, Khaleesi Collins, Phoenix Collins, Sophia Tomas and Tyger Collins. Credit: Supplied

It was a momentous week for the Harvey Karate Club earlier this month as members competed against clubs from across the country.

Five Harvey karatekas received podium finishes at the 2023 TSKF Australian National Karate Championships held in Adelaide between March 6 and 12, bringing home 10 medals between them.

Eva Cusack, 14, was the best performer from the local contingent and took home a gold and a bronze medal.

Sophia Tomas, 17, and Phoenix Collins, 10, both finished the championships with a silver and a bronze medal.

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Khaleesi Collins, 9, won a silver medal and Tyger Collins, 13, was awarded three bronze medals.

All the medals were won in the championship’s kata (form) and kumite (sparring) events.

Club sensei Paganini Ursua also received an honour, being promoted to fourth-degree black belt, also known as Yondan, after undergoing a three-hour test.

He received his Yondan diploma from ninth-degree master Shunsuke Takahashi, who has been promoting karate in Australia for 50 years.

There a big plans ahead for Sophia and fellow karateka Josh Lavis, with both hoping to compete for Australia in the 2024 World Cup tournament in London.

In 2016, Harvey Karate Club produced five world champions.

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