Karate Kids podium


Five young Queenstown Goju Ryu Karate Club members showcased their skills with excellent results at the organisation’s national camp.

Pictured from left, Rihari Hollebon, 10, took first place in the senior green and brown belt division, William Balfour, 13, took first in the senior yellow and green belt division, while Oliver Turner, nine, took third in the same division as William, and Kaito Nakazawa, eight, took third in the blue belt division.

Joe Leyden, 11, placed fourth in the senior yellow and green belt division.

Nidan/2nd dan black belt Chris Rae, of the Queenstown club, says: “Rihari Hollebon has now won his division at this national camp three years in a row. A massive achievement, and a refection of the amount of work put in.

“Joe Leyden also did a great job of battling his nerves and picked up fourth place in [his] division. He was unfortunate to be paired up against other members of the Queenstown club.

“While competition is not generally the focus of the club, the tradition of exceptional results also continued with a dominant showing.”