Four-times gold for our sumo family

Dwayne Lewis of Chinderah and Blake Stacey  of Tweed in sumo action.
Dwayne Lewis of Chinderah and Blake Stacey of Tweed in sumo action.

THE Stacey family of Banora Point can proudly say they are Australia's first family of sumo wrestling after dominating at the 2009 Oceania Sumo Championships at Tallebudgera Recreation Camp over the weekend.

Blake, Patricia, Samantha-Jane and Hudson Stacey were all part of the Australian contingent at the championships, and all came away with gold medals in their respective weight and age groups.

For Blake, the captain of the Australia One side, the tournament proved to be the perfect lead-up to the World Games in Taiwan in July, where he will lead the national team.

Blake, competing in the men's lightweight sumo (under 85kg), won gold while another Tweed competitor, Dwayne Lewis, from Chinderah, picked up bronze.

In the senior women's open heavyweight championship, Patricia Stacey claimed gold, while younger sister Samantha-Jane, 15, (also known as Sammy Sumo) picked up gold in both the junior open women's and women heavyweight divisions.

The youngest member of the family, Hudson won gold in the junior boys' divisions with fellow Tweed wrestler Liam Kerr picking up silver.

Competition secretary Ron Jones said the standard of competition at the championships, which also attracted teams from New Zealand, was very good.

“While much of the attention at the championships had been directed at Samantha-Jane, because of her wining a silver medal at the World Championships in Estonia last year, she was given a scare early in this competition,” Jones said.

“Murwillumbah's Amy Carroll actually beat Samantha-Jane in their opening bout, only to have a reverse result in round two between the girls.

“Samantha-Jane went on to win gold, but it was a good effort from Amy, who also had to wrestle Patricia Stacey in the same division.”