Portland fighters star at Open Border Challenge
A STRONG contingent of local fighters took away several good results at the Portland Kyokushin Karate Club’s Open Border Challenge on Saturday.
Held at Portland Secondary College, the competition attracted more than 100 competitors competing across non contact, novice (contact with pads) and full contact events.
Several local participants finished on the podium, including Deb Millard (open female) and Toby Ralph (9-10 boys) who won their non contact events.
Event organiser Rachel Ralph said it was a fantastic day.
“We had around 110 competitors which is good and they bring their families along as well, so it was a big success,” Ralph said.
“They came from everywhere; we had some from as far as Adelaide and some from Horsham, Traralgon and around the region.
There were plenty of highlights, it was the first time Susan Gallpen and I ran the tournament after Ron and Deb Jorgensen have moved away.
“As instructors, some of the kids competed in their first tournament and all did really well; my son Toby won his division and that’s the first time he’s won a tournament since he was five, and it’s the best I’ve ever seen him fight.”