BUDOKAN Judo Club of Castle Hill grabbed their share of accolades at the 2010 Judo NSW Awards Dinner on October 30.
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Budokan had seven families represented at the inaugural Judo NSW annual Dinner and Awards Night.
Club coach Rob Katz said the club had 13 nominations and five outright category wins, which was a fantastic achievement and recognition for all the club’s athletes.
On the night the most prestigious award for a NSW judoka, the Sue Williams Award, was won by Nathan Katz, 16, a Hills Shire Times Junior Sports Star nominee.
Katz was selected from the eight individual competitive award winners in Category 1 and was judged on the basis of the athlete that best exemplified the core values and spirit of judo.
The award was presented last on the program by Judo NSW special guest, Sue Williams (19 times national champion, 1988 Olympic gold medal, three times silver medal at World Championships).
Nathan Katz also won the cadet men’s category one award.
Nathan Katz’s brother Josh Katz, 12, won the boys Category 1 award.
In Category 2 the coach’s award for Junior 14s and cadets was won by Cameron Leishman.
In the Category 3 clubs’ awards Budokan won the Junior Development Club award.
Budokan members Jake Young and Nathan Katz also finished in the top four in the junior men’s awards. Naomi de Bruine finished in the top four in the girls category.
On Sunday at the first selection tournament for the National Judo Championships in Homebush Nathan Katz went up a weight category to compete in the junior men’s under 66kg and won three matches in his pool. He finished third overall in the division and had to withdraw from the men’s under 60kg because of injury.
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