FAMILY AFFAIR: (From left) Dustin, David and 12-year-old sister Daria Mostofizadeh.
FAMILY AFFAIR: (From left) Dustin, David and 12-year-old sister Daria Mostofizadeh. Greg Miller

Gympie karate kids shine at Australian championships

THE consistent and intense karate training has paid off for three students from JKS Australia at the Australian School and University Karate Championships and the Australian Open Karate Championships.

David, Daria and Dustin Mostofizadeh travelled to Sydney on April 10-12 to represent their school, St Patrick's College and Primary School Gympie.

It was a huge competition with over 1100 entries from competitors from around Australia but also from New Zealand and New Caledonia.

Chairman, chief instructor and father Hamid Mostofizadeh said the karate spirit was great and the sportsmanship among the competitors outstanding.

"The experience was invaluable and the three students felt very fortunate to have the opportunity to represent their school and their karate style," he said.

Daria won a gold medal in kumite and a bronze medal in kata at the University and School Championships for St Patrick's College, and a bronze medal in kumite at the Australian Open for JKS Australia.

Dustin won a silver medal in kata for St Pat's Primary School. David showed great skills and reached the semi-finals after multiple wins.