The Border Watch : December 5th 2013
34 SPORT JA T tr JACKSON TREVOR VISIT US ONLINE borderwatch.com.au Excellence in sport recognised Karate kid gains fi nancial assistance firstname.lastname@example.org THE 2013 Commercial Club Inc Exceptional Junior Award was this week handed to 10-year-old Connor Prior for his commitment and skills in the sport of karate. He received a cheque for $1000 from the Junior Sports Assistance Fund program to recognise the commitment and fi nancial input of both him and his family. Councillor Barry Kuhl handed the cheque to the quietly-spoken Prior this week in front of club members and family at the Percy Street karate centre. “I was very surprised to get the award,” Prior said. But it was no surprise to those around Prior who have witnessed his growth in the sport. He has displayed a high level of ability in karate, gaining back-toback national championships in the National All Styles in 2011 and 2012 and being the youngest ever recipient of a black belt grading. Prior said it all began after being bullied at school and then watching the Karate Kid movie. And he has continued to grow and enjoy the sport since then. “I have been doing karate for around four years,” Prior said. “I do get a bit nervous at competitions but it is fun.” And Prior already has his eyes set on a major goal. “I would like to go to the Olympics one day,” he said. Cr Kuhl said the idea of the award was to try to make some kind of difference to families and the high cost of participation of sport across Australia for talented young people. “This is the fourth year of the presentation,” Cr Kuhl said. “The $1000 will hopefully in some small way go towards the SURPRISED: Young Connor Prior said he was surprised to receive the Exceptional Junior award when councillor Barry Kuhl handed the young karate star a cheque for $1000 in front of club members at the Percy Street karate centre this week. family’s cost of continuing Connor’s development and his education and participation. “There is no doubt Connor already has a national recognition and potentially an international recognition in a short period of time and that’s a great credit to him.” During the last fi ve years Prior has displayed an outstanding commitment, training up to six hours each week across three nights. In early 2013 he was identifi ed and targeted as a talented junior by the Australian Karate Federation National Kumite (fi ghting) coach Matt Johnson and was invited to train on a regular basis with the SA state team in Adelaide. Prior has an ongoing collection What does park and run equal? Parkrun Mount Gambier ROD MORRIS OD MORRIS A NEW running initiative to arrive in Mount Gambier is already attracting interest, despite the fact there has only been one trial event so far. Parkrun Australia is designed to help people either stay or get fi t in organised, free weekly 5km timed runs and are currently being staged all around the world. These events take place in pleasant parkland surroundings and organisers are encouraging people of every ability to take part, from those taking their fi rst steps in running to prospective Olympians. They are open to everyone, free, and are safe and easy to take part in. Parkrun Mount Gambier held a trial run last weekend amid the picturesque surroundings of the Blue Lake crater. “Our trial run was held last Saturday, with kind volunteers offering to run the course and give us some feedback on how the timing system worked,” Parkrun organiser, Teena White said. “We are happy to report that everything ran smoothly and we are pumped and ready for action for our inaugural offi cial run this Saturday.” “The event will start at 8am and I urge participants to arrive a little earlier than that,” she added. In last week’s “training run” fi rst female over the fi nish line was Justyna Grosse, who was amazed at the beauty of the Blue Lake, while line honours in the male section was shared by Dean Berry and Scott Sawyer. Five fi tness friends, White, Phil and Nikki Ackland, Cindy Patzel and Bec Bowd, are the brains trust behind Parkrun Mount Gambier and are proud to get the event up and running – if you’ll pardon the obvious pun. “This is the fi rst rural Parkrun in South Australia and only the second in South Australia in 34 - The Border Watch, Thursday, December 5, 2013 general,” White said. “The fi rst Parkrun in South Australia was at Torrens in Adelaide.” White said to join the run was easy and free. “Just head to www.parkrun. com.au/mountgambier to register,” she explained. “All you need to do is print off the barcode and bring it along each time you run. “This records your time each week and if you happen to forget your barcode, don’t panic, you can still run, but your time won’t be recorded.” Parkrun Mount Gambier will take place every Saturday morning, starting at 8am. The start point is at the Apex lookout, located just behind the Blue Lake café. “We will have our Parkrun Mount Gambier fl ags fl ying so that no-one gets lost,” White said. For more information on Parkrun Mount Gambier contact White on 8723-0300. THE BRAINS TRUST: Organisers of Parkrun Mount Gambier (from left) Teena White, Nikki Ackland, Phil Ackland, Bec Bowd and Cindy Patzel. WHOO HOO: Justyna Grosse celebrated her fi rst training run with Parkrun Mount Gambier last weekend. of competition successes including fi rst place and gold medal placing in regional tournaments, state championships (SA/Vic), national championships and as a qualifi er for the Japanese Go Ju Kai World Championships (July 2013).
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