TAKING ON THE COMMONWEALTH

Rising young Gold Coast karate star Liam Blakemore will next month realise a dream when he competes for Australia at the Commonwealth karate championships in Birmingham, England.

Liam competes against all the best 14/15 year-olds in the Commonwealth. He’s just 14 gained a first dan black belt in go kan ryu and shukokai styles this year

He began karate at the very young age of four and since then has made every post a winner. He enjoys the physical and skill side of the sport and also the discipline required to be a standout. 

Liam competes out of the Kansai Karate Academy on the Gold Coast and so far in competitions, he has won 45 gold medals, 14 silver and 12 bronze medals. In 2017 Liam won a kan ryu world title, he’s won a string of medals at national and state competitions and in January was asked to join the Australian national squad to compete in Birmingham.

 There are 27 fighters in the Australian team, two from each age group and weight division. 

Making Every Post A Winner

He already has overseas experience having trained in Japan with Okinawa 10th dan masters and is looking forward to testing himself against the best in the Commonwealth next month.

Liam has his parents Connie and Dale to thank for supporting him through his karate journey and unfortunately his national selection comes with one extra challenge. He has to pay his own way and Liam has a Go Fund Me page on his Facebook page, any support would be greatly appreciated.

We wish Liam all the very best at the Commonwealth Games, Im sure he’ll make his family and country proud. He’s trained the house down leading into the event as well as keeping up with his studies at Assisi Catholic College so he’ll present for competition in the best possible state.

Good Luck Liam - and we know you will do Australia proud.

Listen to my interview with this humble young rising star

Interview & Story by John Alexander | Supporting Images sourced by Absolutely Famous.

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