Tweed teen open-minded about titles


TWEED'S Julien Le Grand will carry the battle forward on two fronts when he competes at the first Australian National Kodokan Judo Championships to be held on the Tweed this weekend.

The 16-year-old, who recently dislocated his shoulder during training, will battle for glory in his aged category (16-19 years) and also the open men's division at Tweed River High School.

A five-time national champion in his age division, Le Grand finished second at the NSW titles in the open category earlier this year.

While the problem shoulder may jeopordise his chances, Le Grand plans to take it one bout at a time.

The action will be a family affair with Julien's younger sister, 12-year-old Christelle, also competing. She is aiming to regain the title she won in 2003, but did not defend last year.

Among the more than 200 competitores in action at the championships will be repeat world champion and Paralmpian Anthony Clarke, from South Australia.

Clarke, who will compete against able-bodied competitors, is totally blind.

A demonstration will be held from 1pm today, with tomorrow's action (the aged and weight divisions) to get underway at 9.30am after the opening ceremony.

The open and senior divisions will be contested Sunday.

Entry each is $5 with those under-12 free.

The Tweed Tsunami Judo Club is based at the Old Pigabeen School. The small group of about 20 members trains every Monday and Wednesday from 5.30pm.

Inquiries call Goeff Dutton on 0412 663 698.

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