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26 June, 2021

Judo National Titles a family affair for Nolans

ON JUNE 13 and 14, Mackay father-daughter duo Robert and Bella Nolan represented Queensland and the Mackay Kodokan Judo Club at the Judo National Titles held on the Gold Coast.

The event was well-attended, with competitors participating from all Australian states except for Victoria, who were unable to attend due to Coronovirus restrictions.

The competition was the culmination of several years of hard work and dedication for 16-year-old Bella and 43-year-old Robert, who had both trained to compete last year but were unable to due to the cancellation of the event.

It followed Bella’s selection into the State Judo Team in April 2021 after winning gold medals in all three of her divisions at the State Judo Titles in Cairns.

Bella, a Year 11 student at North Mackay State High School, achieved a bronze medal in the Junior Women’s U52 kg division of the National Titles against a quality field of competitors which included members of the Australian National Team.

Robert won bronze medals in both the Veterans U73kg and Veterans Kyu U73kg divisions.

Both Robert and Bella plan to continue competing, with the next event being the Gold Coast International in September 2021.

Bella and Robert train with Mackay Kodokan Judo Club on Swayne St, North Mack- ay, under Sensei Wayne Palmer.

Bella has been training for over six years, and Robert for over eight years.

Classes are on Tuesday and Friday evenings, 6:00pm-7:30pm and cost $10 per class, with discounts for families.

The first 2 classes are free. For more information visit the Mackay Kodokan Judo Club Facebook page, or call Sensei Wayne on 0419 656 337.

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