BLAKE BRINGS HOME GOLD FROM AUCKLAND OPEN
Blake left here on the Thursday night to fly with the other Australians to compete in New Zealand for the Auckland open, He was met at the other end by Kathy and Steve Parry from the Lismore Team who where kind enough to take him under their wing and in doing so, made him an honorary member of their club...
So Thank you to Kathy and Steve Parry, Alan Foley and the members of the Lismore PCYC, he was made feel like part of the "family". It was made a great experience for him but also made an easier one for his parents who just couldnt be there with him.
He competed in the under 60kg Cadet men and came up against opponents that he had never fought against before. There were many countries that were also there other than the host nation of New Zealand, such as Japan, Fiji, French Polynesia, France, Waikato/Bay of Plenty, New Caledonia, Samoa just to name a few. As Blake had not come up against all of his contestants he was able to do what he does best, as it means that the oppenents have not trainned to counter his techneques, like other Australian competitors. This proved to be exactly what he needed to inspire him to fight, and so, his wins kept building up until his last fight in his draw was to take home the Gold.
He then entered into the Open, and unlike his division, he came up against bigger weight divisions, but this did not deter him, and took every fight on. It was however inevitable that Blake was going to come up against opponents that were going to be able to use their strength to win the fights. He came in 5th.
We would like to thank Nancy and Graham Mitchell, Pat and Bill Nolan and Jill Morris who helped Blake compete overseas, with out each of you this would not be possible.
Photography by Heidi Wrice
Letter that we received on facebook.
To all at yuukan judo.
I had the honour of sitting in the coaches chair for Blake Nolan at the recent Auckland international open.
As always he represented your club with distinction. In the u/60 division he won all fights with relative ease.
The open was more difficult with other players relying on strength to beat him.
in his last fight his competitor thought he was in London doing hammer throw.
This time I also found out what a wonderful young man he is away from judo.
Blake, congratulations on your acheivements in Auckland.
Lismore PCYC Judo Club