Mandurah karate stars set for world championships

A mix of star pupils and trainers from Brian Mackie’s Karate Mandurah will represent Australia on the world stage when they compete at the seventh Karate-do Goju-Kai Global Championships in Canada later this month.

The Mandurah-based dojo will send six competitors and one referee to the championships, led by coach and competitor Brigit Wall.

Youngster Blake Watson will compete in his first international event, while Joshua Pethick, Adam Watson, Lochlan Amos, Jaxon Welch and Wall are all accustomed to the big stage.

Wall, who has been competing at the event since 1993, said the dojo was thrilled to be back at the global championships.

“It’s really exciting for us to be part of these competitions once again,” she said.

“We look forward to it every four years so to be back there is always great.”

The event will be held across four days in the city of Richmond, with juniors and senior competitors getting in two days apiece.

While competing on the international level is a thrill in itself, Wall said representing Australia added a factor of pride to the tournament for the Mandurah crew.

“It certainly makes you proud, competing for your country,” she said.

“It’s something you aspire to in any sport.”

The group flies over to the tournament with a bunch of strong international and national results, and will send referee Neil Pethick to officiate.

The championships kick off on September 28, going through to October 1.

For more information or to join Brian Mackie’s Karate Mandurah call Brigit Wall on 0413 459 822.