Gold to Judo and Kendo at UniSport Nationals

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One of the most anticipated events on the university sporting calendar, the 2022 UniSport Nationals kicked off in Perth over the weekend, with Sydney University having already prevailed in Judo and Kendo.

Some strong individual performances across the divisions helped the Judo Club to the team Gold and win the overall judo meet. Christian Ninomiya claimed Silver and Chan-Woo Shim took Bronze in the Senior Men’s Under 66kg that was won by Curtin University’s Benjamin Rousseau. Sydney University’s other competitor in the event was William Lum.

In the Under 81kg Senior Men’s event, Jaron Choe claimed Silver behind Southern Cross University’s Graham Moore, with Shan Than of Curtin University taking bronze. Sydney University’s other competitor, Nathan Lu, was unplaced.

The Under 90kg Senior Men’s division saw Sydney University’s Kenneth Chi claim Silver and Chun Ngai Wong take Bronze behind Flinders University’s Riccardo Roccisano.

In the Senior Women’s competition, Rosie Luo took Gold in the Under 57kg division and Silver in the Under 63kg friendly event.

Sydney University’s Janet Um claimed Silver in the Under 57kg, and Gloria Chan took Bronze in the Senior Women’s Under 63kg division which was won by Alex Foster from the University of Western Australia.

Sydney University’s strong Kendo team included Joe Pile, Brinton Chand, Andrew Yang, Arash Farber, James Mohan Hu, Kyte Gurner, Brennan Varella Chang and Joe Takatori in the men’s ranks and Ayesha Mayat, Minami Uemoto, Zhaoyi Qian, Masrgo (Yuujie) Ma and Zhiyin (Grace) Yan in the women’s squad.

Joe Takatori claimed Gold and Kyte Gurner took Bronze in the Individual Kyu Grade Men’s event; Sue Cho took gold and Ayesha Mayat claimed Bronze in the Individual Kyu Grade Women’s event; Yihan Le won Gold in the Individual Dan Grade Women’s event and James Oh claimed Gold in the Individual Dan Grade Men’s division.

Sydney University won the overall Team Kyu title from UTS and UNSW and the overall Team Open title from ANU and UTS.

Over 5000 participants from around the country have arrived in Perth, Western Australia to compete in a week of sport for the chance to be crowned National Champions.

Represented by one of the largest groups in the competition, Sydney University is looking to retain its 2019 title, sending 300 student-athletes to compete across 21 sports.