Innisfail Judokas bring home medals at Mackay Open

Innisfail Judo Club recently hosted a Pink Belt Day, where judokas wore pink belts to raise funds for breast cancer research.

THREE Innisfail Judokas recently competed in round four of North Queensland Regional competition at Mackay Kodokan Judo Club, with all three bringing home medals. 


The Mackay Open (Sue Hill Memorial), a Queensland state team qualification event, attracted seventy-five registrations with Judokas from the Coral Coast, Innisfail, Cairns, Rockhampton, Gladstone JU NO KWAI, Gladstone, Mackay, and Gin Gin Clubs participating.

This competition provides Judo Queensland members with opportunities to compete against other clubs, in their own weight and age categories, to gain valuable competition experience, and competence.


Innisfail Judo Club won three gold medals, one silver, and two bronze, and finished third behind Coral Coast and Mackay, with thirty-two points.


An official State training session took place, where Judokas received instructions from State Head Coach Andy Schmidt and his North Queensland squad team of Xavier Barker and Mara Ballarini.


After the fifth round in the North Queensland Regional Series, Coral Coast Judo Club stretched their lead over Innisfail Judo Club, whilst Mackay were the clear winners for the first time in the series.

Coral Coast is now sitting on 552 points, followed by Innisfail in second place with 370 points, and Northern Beaches in third with 232 points.

Coral Coast is maintaining a 5:3 Win: Loss ratio, Rockhampton have jumped straight to second place with a 3:2 Win: Loss ratio to pass Innisfail who sit in third on 7:5.


Coral Coast is still the top club with ninety-eight medals so far this year (50 Gold, 27 Silver, and 21 Bronze), followed by Innisfail on 74 (29 Gold, 26 Silver, and 19 Bronze) and Cairns Judo Club on 59 (15 Gold, 23 Silver, and 21 Bronze).


Innisfail Judo Club will host the Cassowary Coast Open this weekend, November 6 – 7, which will decide this year’s regional champions.


Judokas have the rare chance to train with National/Brisbane hub Coach/National Selector and fourteen-time National Champion Gavin Kelly, as well as meet the new State Team Coaches.




Senior Girls (+63kg)

3rd: Cienna Leaver


Junior Men (-73kg)

1st: Seth Leaver


Senior Men (-73kg)

1st: Ben Sultana


Senior Men – Open

3rd: Ben Sultana and Xavier Barker (Cairns)


Cadet Men – Open

1st: Seth Leaver


Cadet – Heavy

2nd: Seth Leaver


Fresh faces took to the mat and gave the Olympic sport a go at Innisfail Judo Club’s Come and Try lessons and Pink Belt night.


Judokas learned to fall safely, throw, and then hold down their opponents. 


Many thanks to all who attended, as well as Innisfail Judo Club members who purchased a pink belt to support the Go PINK to BELT Cancer cause. 


DojoNeeds.com will donate all proceeds from pink belt sales in 2021 to the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF).


This organisation provides world-class research, prevention programs, and support services for those affected by breast cancer.

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