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Holly hungry for more national glory

5 April 2017

KARATE: Holly Boscott has the world at her very capable feet.

The 16-year-old Victorian who competes in the kata discipline is rising up the world karate ranks as her sport of choice prepares to make its Olympic debut at the Tokyo 2020 Games.

The current reigning national champion took out the World Youth Cup title in 2015 and is now the top ranked kata athlete in Australia.

The next step on her path to global domination in this weekend’s Australian Open Championships in Liverpool and the young gun has been busy balancing training with part-time work and study.

“My training in the lead up to the Australian Open has been a mixture of dojo and gym training - incorporating technical improvement based around my kata, strength and conditioning and speed,” Boscott said.

“The weekly state training sessions and national training camps I have attended this year have been great influences on my preparation leading up to the Australian Open as I get different coaches pushing me to be the best I can be.

“I feel I have been able to balance it all (work, study and training) quite well and I am feeling prepared, ready and most importantly excited for the competition ahead.”

Boscott has taken the step up from the cadet division this year and will now compete in both the junior and senior divisions for the first time.

“I always try to go in with high expectations of the competition - therefore I take each round one at a time and every round I do is my best.

“With the Senior Oceania Championships also being on, it is a great opportunity for athletes from other countries to compete and as a lot of the competitors in my division are unfamiliar to me, I am going in with the expectation that every round will be tough.

Despite the challenges that face her at the event, Boscott will is hoping her performances will set her up for a successful international season.

“I see the Australian Open as a solid base for selection criteria to compete in future international events this year.

“Along with the national training camps, the Australian Open gives me an opportunity to show the coaches and referees how my training is coming along and what I have been working towards.

“As I am aiming for Junior Worlds, this also gives me a great opportunity because I have international athletes coming to compete.

“If all goes well hopefully it will give me a good review in the selection process for international events such as Junior Worlds. If it doesn’t go the way I hope, I am sure there will be an experience to learn from to help me get better for the rest of the year.”

No matter the results the long term goal is wearing the green and gold at the Olympic Games in just over three years’ time.

“Since a young age, it has always been a dream or image of mine to represent Australia on the Olympic stage but it hasn’t always been a dream I could reach as karate wasn’t an Olympic sport.

“I have always had high motivation to train and compete, so the announcement of karate into the 2020 Olympics was a complete bonus and something else I can aim towards and use as another driving force in my training.

“I am extremely excited and passionate about the idea that karate has been put into the Olympics and that for some people, their dream can now become a reality.”

National coach Mark Golding is also excited about the prospect of the sport he loves being at the Olympic Games.

“The future is filled with excitement with the confirmation that karate has been included into the program of events in Tokyo 2020,” Golding said.

“This presents a great opportunity for tomorrows' champions to represent our sport in front of an unprecedented international audience in the most exciting global sporting arena.

“The Australian Karate Federation is committed to ensuring our National Training, Development and Coaching Program provides a clearly defined pathway for our athletes to represent Australia in Tokyo.”

That pathway begins with this weekend’s competitions.

“Being a WKF Cadet, Junior and U21 World Championships year, we see our athletes pushing and testing themselves more than ever as they compete for one position per category,” Goulding said.

“The Australia Open also attracts international competitors, in particular, from the Oceania region including New Zealand, New Caledonia and Fiji which provides much needed and valuable experience for our competing athletes.”

The event kicks off on Friday with the Oceania Championships before the Australian Open is held across Saturday and Sunday.

The Oceania Championships is limited to the top two Senior (18 years and older) athletes per country per division and is far smaller. Selection committees in each of the Oceania National Federations select their athletes for the Championships.

The Australian Open (together with the Australasian Schools Age Championship) will attract 1250 entries from Australia, New Zealand, New Caledonia, Tahiti, Fiji, PNG, India, Nepal. 

Matt Bartolo

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