South East & Peninsula
Dandenong Martial Arts Juniors to represent Australia at World Championships in Turkey
From: Dandenong Leader March 14, 2014 12:00AM
Coach Sifu Bruce Corles trains his students Ron Gerald Mabilanngan, Aalyah Corles and Emily Blundell. Picture: Valeriu Campan Source: News Limited
THREE junior members of Lifestyle Martial Arts in Dandenong will represent Australia at the World Junior Wushu Championships in Turkey next week.
From March 11 to 18, Emily Blundell, 15, of Narre Warren and Gerald Mabilangan, 15, of Dandenong will compete in Sanda events, while Aaliyah Corles, 11, of Dandenong will take part in the Wushu forms competition.
If they qualify in the top four in the world, they will head to the Youth Olympic Games in China later in the year.
The trio train up to six days a week, between 12 and 20 hours.
Their coach, Bruce Corles, who is part of the Australian coaching team, said he was thrilled to see his students excel in martial arts.
“I’m very proud of them, they’ve worked really hard and done really well,” he said.
“Aaliyah is the Australasian champion, Emily is a Victorian champion and Gerald is an Australian champion, so they’ve all trained really hard.”
Emily, Gerald and Aaliyah have been nominated for Leader’s Sports Star program, recognising excellence in sporting achievement in the community.
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