Sydney Uni athletes perform strongly at Australian Karate Open

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Sydney University athletes have come away from the 2013 Australian Open for Karate with a swag of medals after an impressive showing at the EG Whitlam Leisure Centre in Liverpool.

Michael Economou (kumite gold, senior male team kumite gold, and senior open male kumite bronze), Alice Carrett (women’s kumite gold, U21 U53kg women’s kumite and U55kg senior women’s kumite bronze), Jasmine Rafiq (women’s kata gold, U21 women’s kata silver) and Zeynab Al-Shelh (women’s kata bronze) all won Australian Open medals and will represent NSW at the Austrlian Titles in Hobart from August 9-11.

There were 1400 entries in the tournament – one of Australia’s largest and most competitive karate events. National teams from China, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea and Fiji also boosted the intensity of competition.

Economou, Carrett, Rafiq and Al-Shelh will now turn their attention to the Tournament of Champions, which is a warm up event for Augusts Australian Titles.

Carrett has also been preselected on the Australian team for the Karate One Premier League event in Indonesia on June 22-23 June, and she will attend the AIS training camp as part of the selection process to the World Junior & U21 Championship in Spain.