Blake has big future
By GREG WHITE
DIAMOND Martial Arts Academy director Phil Monaghan believes he has a genuine Olympic protege in the ranks.
Sebastian Blake won triple gold at the Australian Tae-Kwon-Do championships in Hobart and his coach sees a real future for him in the sport.
"He has maturity and the right attitude," Monaghan said.
"Along with the Australians he mixed with the Kiwis, Koreans, Jordanians and Iraqis who are the key competitors in the world.
"It gives him an idea of what to expect when he takes the step up to the next level."
Blake competed in the boy's 10-13 years blue belt and collected his gold medals in patterns, board breaking and full contact fighting.
The Diamond crew took a total of 12 medals from the titles including a bag of four to Monaghan.
A gold in the men's 31-40 years fifth dan patterns, silver in the power breaking (90kg plus black belt division) and bronze in both board breaking and creative patterns.
Craig Cook, competing in the 14-17 year boys blue belt won gold in patterns, and silver in full contact fighting.
Shaun Loone was rewarded with bronze in men's red belt full contact fighting while Audon Reyes scored bronze in full contact fighting.
The only female medal went to Stacey Spillitt.
Stacey took gold for women's black belt board breaking.