ON HIS WAY: Joe Flood and sensei Ray Clarke are in Melbourne this weekend for the Karate World Championships.
ON HIS WAY: Joe Flood and sensei Ray Clarke are in Melbourne this weekend for the Karate World Championships. Contributed

Central Highlands teen takes on karate world

SUPPORT is flooding in for Tieri teenager Joe Flood.

Flood is in Melbourne today and tomorrow to represent Australia at the World Karate Championships.

Peak Downs Karate Club spokeswoman Christel Jansen said teams from all over the world including Russia and America would be attending.

"They are all coming to Australia, we only get it here once in a blue moon," Jansen said.

"Flood was the only one at the Peak Downs Karate Club to make the Australian team."

Jansen said Flood received a letter in December, just before Christmas, last year that announced his selection in the national side.

"He has been training his absolute butt off… training three nights a week minimum at classes plus what he's done at home," Jansen said.

Flood is trained by Peak Downs Karate Club sensei Ray Clarke and also by sensei Lutie Van De Verg at the Mackay Karate Centre at weekends.

Since competing at his first national competition last year, where he won two silver and one bronze, Flood has upgraded to a brown belt.

Jansen hopes Flood will be even more successful at the world championships.

"He's been training really hard, he's just amazing to watch," Jansen said.

"He's a wonderful kid and deserves all the recognition he gets."


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