Jacob ‘Dave’ Brooks stands supreme on the winner’s dais.
Jacob ‘Dave’ Brooks stands supreme on the winner’s dais.

Coffs home to more judo medallists

FRESH from winning double-gold at the Pacific Masters Games, more Coffs Harbour Judo Club members have picked up prizes at the New South Wales Country championships in Nowra.

Adding his name to the list of club winners is Jacob ‘Dave’ Brooks, a local Judoka just starting to make a name for himself in the sport.

Competing in the open men’s over-100kg category he fought two other fighters from within NSW to take gold.

“I am very happy with my results winning both my fights by ‘Ippon’, which is the full score, with both fights only lasting about 30 seconds,” he said.

“And I’ve only been doing judo for just on two years now and am currently undefeated in Shia (competitions).

“After winning the country title I think it’s time to knuckle down and train hard to make the State team, for an opportunity to fight in Perth next year at the Australian national titles.”

Brooks now has his sights set on the NSW Judo Challenge next weekend, the first of three selection tournaments for those seeking entry into the NSW team.

Coffs club supplied three other medallists in Nowra, including Cliff Illingworth who won the gold medal in the men’s over-66kg division.

Nathan Glover (third), Kelley Henderson (fourth) and Ty De Salis (first) were among the placings in the junior age categories.



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