WITH nine gold medals to his dojo’s name it’s no wonder Ian Pollet is all smiles following the ISKA Australian Open.
Seven members of the Bathurst’s Pollet’s Martial Arts found a podium result at the Liverpool event, a justified reward after months of hard training according to Pollet.
“When you bring over 650 competitors together there’s going to be a high skill level there. The activity was full-on,” he said.
“The result for Pollets at the tournament was very good. We won the jiu jitsu with ours girls and some of the juniors did very well. We won the koshiki, we won contact, continuous and kata.
“They’re very talented people in Bathurst and put a lot of time and dedication into their training.
“For me it’s a wonderful feeling, but it’s not just me. I’ve got a great team behind me. The result was wonderful and it was earned through teamwork.”
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Four of those nine gold medals belonged to Isabella Torresan.
Torresan showed how it was done with victories in koshiki, continuous, jiu jitsu and kyokushin.
On top of that she picked up a silver in point sparring and bronze in clash sparring.
Tyra Pollet was the other multiple gold medal winner.
The result was wonderful and it was earned through teamwork.Ian Pollet
Her wins came in kata and koshiki. She added a silver in point sparring to her collection.
Pollets’ success in koshiki continued through Dylan Toole, who also finished second in jiu jitsu.
The remaining gold medals went to Damien Turner (extreme forms) and Ava Pollet (kata, second in koshiki).
Lucy Downey got in the podium twice with third placings for koshiki and sumo while Reshia Winfield found the same result in kata.
The next event on the ISKA calendar are the Australian Titles, to be held on November 25 in Liverpool.