It was a day of firsts for many, with Bundaberg Ryobu-Kai Karate Club hosting its first tournament at the Bundaberg PCYC Multiplex.
Head Sensei and tournament organiser Ben Nedwich said the day was a great success and he was very grateful to the many volunteers who assisted.
“Every single student that walked onto the mat was breaking some kind of personal barrier and for many it was their first opportunity to compete in a tournament,” he said.
“Nothing is more rewarding than seeing a sense of accomplishment on a student's face after they compete.
“We walked away with 10 gold, 15 silver, 10 bronze medals and some extremely happy kids.
“The tournament is a great way to foster friendly competition and rivalry between students and build lasting friendships between our sister clubs.”
The local tournament came at a perfect time, with three students heading to the Queensland Karate Association state tournament in Brisbane on 16-17 March, with the hope of bringing home gold for their club.