Brandt's the grand champion
BRANDT Cogill has been there before as a winner and recently at Tasmania he proved again he is at the top of his sport in Australia.
Cogill was competing at the Shoto Kan International Australia (SKIA) Karate Titles and as always came away with more than his fair share of winners' medals.
The Rockhampton ace was impressive in the Kumite (free fighting or sparring), winning his 75kg weight division and then also collecting the Grand Champion title for the championship by winning against all of the other weight division winners.
Also as a member of the Queensland team, he was a winner again against Victoria. Adding to the achievements was a second place in the Kata (patterns or forms) discipline.
Even being named as the Most Successful Senior Competitor at the championship was not the main achievement. That came later when Cogill was named at the championship farewell dinner as a member of the Australian team for the 2012 World Championships in Sydney.
Not only is Cogill a team member but also the men's captain.
"It's my first time as captain," he said, "I see my job as representing the team, inspiring team members and motivating the younger guys. There are some first timers (in the squad) and they will be pretty nervous. Also I will assist team management."
Cogill will have his task of liaising with team management made easy as the national head coach Peter Harth and the national Kumite coach Brad Watts are Central Queenslanders.
With the next major competition being the Queensland Karate Association (KTA) in Brisbane during February, it might be expected that Cogill would be building up his training regime.
However, he said work involvement peaks at this time of year. He is an owner of Swimart Rockhampton, and will "take a break" until the new year before building up his training once more.
Part of Cogill's more relaxed routine involves cross-training and working out with Mixed Martial Arts.
There were other local students at Tasmania, coming from Shoto Kan Karate Clubs Fitzroy, Keppel Bay, North Rockhampton and Rockhampton PCYC.
A total of 77 competitors were named in the Australian team of which 35 are from Queensland and 34 of those are from the Rockhampton Region clubs.
These competitors will represent their country in the 11th Shoto Kan Karate International Federation World Championships at Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre next year.
The World Championships are expecting to have about 70 countries represented with about 6000 competitors/officials.
Each country is limited to four members per event with a total of 58 events covering various age and weight divisions for Open, Masters and Juniors for competitors in both the female and male divisions. The Rockhampton Region also has, apart from Harth and Watts, Queensland head coach Dale Hall and Queensland coaches Petros Khalesirad and Robyn McRae-Zurvas to help train and guide these competitors.
First-Over 75kg free fighting
First-Grand Champion free fighting all weight divisions
First-Most successful senior competitor
First-Team Free Fight as a member of the Queensland team
Second-Kata (patterns or forms)