2013 Queensland Sumo Championships

It was an small but international field at the Queensland Sumo Championships.  Competitors from Japan, India and Iran joined the Aussies on the mat.  Women were also underrepresented so Steph Weeks, currently a middleweight (under 80kg) took on the lightweight men (under 85 kg), for a lively contest in round robin format.

Drew Weeks made a good comeback from injury to take the Men’s Open event.


Winners took home some great prizes, including the big bottle of sake provided by our generous sponsor, Sushi Mur’bah.


Women Stephanie Weeks – unchallenged

Men’s Lightweight

1st Daisuke Komiyama, 2nd Kenta Nishikawa, 3rd Naoki Higashiyama

Men’s Open

1st Drew Weeks, 2nd Chris Swalwell, 3rd Joe Saunders


2013 Oceania Sumo Championships Results

2013 Oceania Sumo Championships

3rd February Broadbeach PCYC Gold Coast

Junior Combined Challenge

1st Brandon Venter QLD

2nd Jessica Lawand QLD

3rd  Brandon Jin NSW

Middleweight Women

1st Geneva Webber NZ

2nd Emily Knauth QLD

Heavyweight Women

1st Lauren Ivory QLD

Women’s Open

1st Geneva Webber NZ

2nd Lauren Ivory QLD

Lightweight Men

1st Glenn Sullivan NZ

2nd Luke Bulger QLD

3rd Pat Promrangka QLD

Middleweight Men

1st Chris Swalwell QLD

2nd Nick Doyle SA

3rd Francesco Mulraney SA

Heavyweight Men

1st Mark Tanu NZ

2nd Joe Saunders QLD

Men’s Open

1st Mark Tanu NZ

2nd Joe Saunders QLD

3rd Chris Swalwell QLD

Oceania Men’s Team Trophy

1st Queensland

2nd New Zealand

3rd South Australia

2013 Oceania Sumo Championships

This year it is our turn to host and the 2013 Oceania Sumo Championships will be held Sunday 3rd February at the Gold Coast.  The venue is the Gold Coast Sumo Club’s home at the PCYC 180 Monaco St Broadbeach Waters, Gold Coast. Audience admission $5 adults $2 children. Competition entry $20 adults $5 children.Screen Shot 2013-01-09 at 9.04.16 AM

Competitions will be for men and women, juniors and also an under 12 event.  The Oceania team trophy was won by New Zealand last year and will again be up for grabs.

Results of the senior competitions will be used for selecting the Oceania teams for the World Games in Cali, Colombia in July and the 2nd Combat and Martial Arts Games in St Petersburg, Russia in October. World Games http://worldgames2013.com.co/  Combat Games http://www.worldcombatgames.com/en/

Weight divisions

Men: under 85kg, under 115kg, over 115kg       Boys: under 75kg, under 100kg, over 100kg

Women: under 65kg, under 80kg, over 80kg      Girls:  under 60kg, under 75kg, over 75kg

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Big Year for Sumo in 2013

There will be three big international events for sumo in 2013

The Oceania Sumo Championships at the Gold Coast 3rd February, The World Games in Cali Colombia 26th & 27th July and the 2nd World Combat Games in St Petersburg Russia 19th & 20th October.

Oceania Sumo Championships 3rd February, Sunday.  Broadbeach PCYC Monaco St Broadbeach Gold Coast from 10 am.  Competitions for men, women and juniors, also a team event.

The Oceania Championships event is being held earlier than usual in order to use the results for selecting the athletes who will represent Oceania at the World Games in July.  We will select two men and two women in each of the categories, lightweight, middleweight and heavyweight.  All competitors will take part  in the Open on the second day of the event

The World Games 2013 is an outstanding event for non-olymic sports, with more than 30 sports taking part in the areas of Martial Arts – which includes Sumo – Ball Sports,  Artistic & Dance Sports, Precision Sports, Strength Sports and Trend Sports – including Surfing and also Lifesaving.  Take a look at their website http://www.theworldgames.org.

Later in the year the 2nd World Combat Games will allow us to send  one man and one woman  from Oceania for each of the categories.   The second edition of SportAccord World Combat Games will feature the following 15 combat sports: Sumo, Aikido, Boxing, Fencing, Judo, Jujitsu, Karate, Kendo, Kickboxing, Muaythai, Sambo, Savate, Taekwondo, Wrestling and Wushu. http://www.worldcombatgames.com/en/

Sumo was very popular with spectators at the previous World Games and Combat Games, with tickets sold out at both events.

We look forward to hard fought competition at the Oceania Championships to secure places in these prestigious international events.

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Season’s Greetings from the Australian Sumo Federation

Wishing you all the best for 2013

Thanks to everyone for their support in 2012 and looking forward to a great year in 2013
Important sumo dates for 2013

2013 Oceania Sumo Championships

Gold Coast   3rd February     

The World Games 2013

Cali, Colombia   26th & 27th  July

2nd Martial Arts & Combat Games

St Petersburg, Russia    19th & 20th October

2012 Sumo World Championships Summary

The Australian team made a great effort at the 2012 Sumo World Championships, but the opposition was very tough and we were not able to score any medals this time.  The team members are still to be congratulated on the work they put into their preparations and the dedication with which they faced the task of representing Australia in this major international tournament.

An impressive win was celebrated when Jason Mareko was able to defeat the reigning champion from Hungary in his first round match of the Men’s Heavyweight, but sadly Jason went down to his opponent in the next round.

All the Australians gained good experience from their matches and the desire to hone their skills for next year’s competition.

In the medal tally

Gold:  5 Russia,  5 Ukraine,  5 Japan,  4 Mongolia, 1 Hungary

Silver:  7 Russia,   4 Mongolia,  3 Ukraine, 2 Japan, 1 Bulgaria, 1 Hungary, 1 Georgia

Bronze: 11 Japan, 7 Ukraine, 4 Mongolia, 4 Poland, 4 Brazil, 2 Russia, 2 Hungary, 2 Netherlands, 2 Azerbaijan, 1 Bulgaria, 1 Thailand

Of the 30 countries participating in this championship, it is easy to see that currently the big 4 in amateur sumo are Russia, Ukraine, Japan and Mongolia