Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Judo More Than Just Sport

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Judo More Than Just Sport

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Byline: LEAH WHITE leah.white@northernstar.com.au

FOR Casino teenager Zosia Seikot, training and competing in judo martial arts is about building confidence, strength and balance but most importantly, making friends.

Zosia was one of about 50 competitors who took part in the Special Needs Judo Friendship Games at Goonellabah Sports and Aquatic Centre on Saturday.

Zosia, the reigning Special Needs Judo national champion said she first took up the sport about six years ago after being inspired by movie characters Teenage Ninja Turtles.

"I really wanted to do something after school and I wanted to do martial arts," she said. "I went there and I really like it and that's how I got started.

"You can get all your anger out and you can socialise and meet new people, go places, travel a lot."

The Friendship Games is the only special needs judo competition in Australia.

First staged in 2008, the national competition is held bi-annually and has been shared between Elizabeth Special Needs Judo Club in South Australia and Lismore PCYC Judo Club. …

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