LEFT: Queensland reps (front, from left) Dustin Mostofizadeh, Morgan Butler, Georgia Butler and Sakura Matsuzaki, (centre) Delara Mostofizadeh and (back) Momoka Matsuzaki and David and Daria Mostofizadeh.
LEFT: Queensland reps (front, from left) Dustin Mostofizadeh, Morgan Butler, Georgia Butler and Sakura Matsuzaki, (centre) Delara Mostofizadeh and (back) Momoka Matsuzaki and David and Daria Mostofizadeh.

Five Gympie students in Queensland karate squad

KARATE: Five members of the JKA Karate Association in Gympie have qualified for the Queensland karate state team to compete in Adelaide in August after gaining selection at the Japan Karate Association World Federation of Australia Championships.

Sukura and Momoka Matsuzaki and David, Daria, Dustin and Delara Mostofizadeh have qualified for the Queensland team after achieving gold, silver and bronze medallions at the JKA/WF championships in Murrumba in June.

The association walked away with 14 medals, with eight members participating in the championships.

Chief instructor Hamid Mostofizadeh said all students who made the Queensland team did well and had been training hard.

He said Kael Ruthven also did well to achieve a bronze medal in Kata and Kumite after competing in his first tournament.

Mostofizadeh and technical director/coach Andrew Quinn said they were pleased with the students' results and that they had all trained consistently three times a week over the last few months.

"Their passion and dedication to the sport has paid off again and they can all be very proud of themselves," Mostofizadeh said.

Mostofizadeh wished the students the best of luck as they compete in the Australian national karate championships on August 7-9 against some of the best in the country.