The following have been selected to represent Australia at the Sumo World Championships in Osaka in August.
Junior Boys: Lightweight Jack Carlson, Middleweight Brandon Venter, Open Brandon Jin
Men: Lightweight Joel Kindred, Middleweight Dan Bazzana, Heavyweight Clark Peteru, Open Jason Mareko
Women: Lightweight Jessy Clark
We wish them the best of luck in the competition and look forward to celebrating their success.
The competition at the Neanae Hall in Lower Hutt New Zealand on Saturday 24th May, was an exciting one with Australia taking honours in the Light and Middleweight categories and New Zealand the Heavyweight and Open. New Zealand also won the Oceania Team trophy event.
Derek Boyer, former heavyweight champion, had slimmed down to compete at middleweight and won that event convincingly. The second and third places also went to Aussies, second to Dan Bazzana who had come up from light weight, and third to Garth Harold, in his first sumo competition. Dan and Garth also took second and third behind New Zealand’s 230kg heavyweight Mark Tanu in the Open, with Jacob Handley, who is also a newcomer to the sport, taking equal third.
Queensland is producing a lot of good new talent and lightweight winner, Joel Kindred is another of them along with Derek, Dan and Garth.
South Australian, Francesco Mulraney and Victorian Chico Pemeberton were on the Australian team with Joel Kindred, earning a sliver medal in the team event.
The Sumo World Championships will be in Taiwan in August. Selecting the team will be a difficult matter with so much good talent to choose from.
The Australian Team for the 2014 Oceania Sumo Championships has been finalised with 2 lightweights, 4 middleweights and 2 heavyweights as follows: Lightweight Joel Kindred QLD & David Hoens QLD Middleweight Derek Boyer QLD, Dan Bazzana QLD, Garth Harold QLD & Francesco Mulraney SA Heavyweights Jacob Handley QLD & Chico Pemberton VIC According to Oceania Sumo Union President, Martin Stirling, participants this year include athletes from Samoa, Fiji & Raratonga as well as the Aussies and Kiwis. The competition will be on Saturday 24th May at the Naenae Community Hall in Lower Hutt, near Wellington.
Competition starts at 1:30 pm.
The 2014 Oceania Sumo Championships will be held on Saturday 24th May, Lower Hutt New Zealand.
This is a qualifying event for future World Games and World Combat Games teams for Oceania.
2014 Oceania Sumo Championships
24th May Saturday
This year the competition will be held in Lower Hutt, New Zealand.
19th Sumo World Championships – 10th Women’s Sumo World Championships -12th Junior Sumo World Championships – 4th Women’s Junior Sumo World Championships
30th – 31st August
Kaohsiung, Chinese Taipei
2014 Australian National Sumo Championships – to be announced
We would like to wish our Aussies on the Oceania Team good luck at the World Combat Games 2013 to be held in St Petersburg Russia 18th & 19th October.
John Traill ( Johnofuji) will contest the lightweight and Joe Saunders the middleweight in the men’s division, and Caitlin Szanto will represent us as lightweight in the women’s events. All will also compete in the Open.
It looks very cold in Russia at this time of year but we can expect hot competition from the best 80 sumo athletes representing the six continents in this competition of 13 Martial Arts.