O’Connor’s prize a highlight

NAZ O'Connor’s champion of champions triumph in sword combat was the highlight for the Hickey’s Precision Martial Arts contingent at the recent International Sports Karate Association's (ISKA) National Championships.

GREAT RESULTS: Precision Martial Arts competitors. Front row: Olivia Duffey, Adan Coello, Zach Ruston-Walkom, Naz O'Connor, Phoenix Vella, Beau Blattman, Keelan Ruston-Walkom. Back row: Taylor Hickey (coach), Kiara Blattman, Jaiden Gunning, Tanya Vella, Michaela Doungmanee, Jacob McGovern, Felicity Vella, Kobe Vella, Reubin Delaney, Damien Blattman (coach), Amber Gay.

GREAT RESULTS: Precision Martial Arts competitors. Front row: Olivia Duffey, Adan Coello, Zach Ruston-Walkom, Naz O'Connor, Phoenix Vella, Beau Blattman, Keelan Ruston-Walkom. Back row: Taylor Hickey (coach), Kiara Blattman, Jaiden Gunning, Tanya Vella, Michaela Doungmanee, Jacob McGovern, Felicity Vella, Kobe Vella, Reubin Delaney, Damien Blattman (coach), Amber Gay.

O’Connor added to his first place in sword combat, second in point sparring and third in kata by taking the highly sought after champion of champions prize.

The 16-strong team – ranging from six to 40-year-old – picked up 10 first placings.

We had lots of fantastic results.

Taylor Hickey

The strong collection of results for the Bathurst group saw them finish seventh in the point score out of 40 teams.

“We had lots of fantastic results, which is a reflection of the team's hard work and dedication,” coach Taylor Hickey said.

“Coming away with seventh out of 40 teams was a really good result.

“We had a really good run the last time we competed in October so the team worked hard to go well again.”

Keelan Ruston-Walkom (kata, sparring, sword combat), Jaiden Gunning (kata, weapons), Kobe Vella (point sparring), Felicity Vella (sumo) and Adan Coello (self defence) all picked up wins for the Precision Martial Arts team.

Beau Blattman, Kiara Blattman, Olivia Duffey, Amber Gay, Tanya Vella, Reubin Delaney, Michaela Doungmanee and Jacob McGovern all found top three results.