19th Oceania Karate Championships & 2018 Oceania Cup

Published on May 31, 2018
Posted in Executive Board | Coaching Council | Referees Council | Auckland and Northland | Central North Island | Lower North Island | Canterbury Westland | Otago Southland | Tournament Results

NZ Team at Oceania Karate Champs 2018
[Photo courtesy of Lucio Ferri]

Karate New Zealand had the honour of hosting the 19th Oceania Karate Championships and the 2018 Oceania Cup. The 3-day event from 18th-20th May, was held at the Barfoot & Thompson Stadium, Selwyn College Grounds, Kohimarama Road, Auckland. Athletes attended from Fiji, New Caledonia, Tahiti, Nauru and of course, Australia.

The Oceania Championships is the continental championships for the Oceania Region. It is recognised and supported by the World Karate Federation and is a powerful stepping stone for those that are targeting Olympic Qualification.

In addition to the Oceania Championships, the Oceania Cup was run at the same time and is an open event for competitors aged 10 to 13 years and held as part of the continuing development of our younger athletes reflecting the events being held by WKF. This year, Veteran’s categories were added to the Oceania Cup to reflect the diversity and gender equality values of OKF and WKF Karate.

We were very lucky to have some fantastic partners who enabled this event to happen. Without them, the event would not have run, and they deserve our gratitude. QP Sport, SMAI, Edwards Sound Systems and Lighting, Lasercopy, Fostersigns, Lucio Ferri (Photographer), Headshot Coffee and Rydges Hotel. Also thank you to Sport NZ, the New Zealand Olympic Committee, Southern Trust and Pub Charity for their ongoing support.

The opening day consisted of the Senior and Junior (16/17) Individual events. Throughout the day athletes competed in the preliminary rounds with some notable upsets. Prior to the finals, the Opening Ceremony was held where the New Zealand team performed a fantastic haka which was responded to by our Fijian neighbours. Thank you to the Deputy Consul-General of Japan, Mr Yoshihiro Nakayama and the President of Oceania Karate Federation, Mr Michael Kassis for opening the event.

The finals of the first day were run as a showcase event running only one match at a time so all eyes were on them and the athletes did not disappoint. The hundreds of spectators that watched the tournament throughout the first day were treated to a fantastic display of Kata and Kumite that really showed the level of competition in Oceania is exceptionally high. Video review was introduced for the first time at an OKF event, bringing and added dimension and excitement to the Senior Finals.

The second day of competition consisted of the Cadet (14/15), Under 21, and Children’s (10/11, 12/13) divisions. The quality of the younger athletes is rising and it was great to see so many young developing athletes, not just emulating their role models, but able to compete alongside them at such a great tournament.

The final day of competition ran all the Veteran events as well as the Team events which always makes for a fantastic spectacle. Big congratulations must be given to the Men’s and Women’s teams from New Zealand who came out on top in two great finals that came down to the wire between ourselves and Australia in both cases. Brendon Running dominating the very last match of the tournament to bring home the Male Team Kumite Gold medal for New Zealand.

The feedback from the competitors and guests on the event was full of praise, which we attribute to the hard work and team spirit of all the volunteers from around the country. From tournament officials and marshals, VIP hosts, KNZ merchandise organisation and ticket sales at Reception, the Team managers, Oceania Championship Coaches, Oceania Cup Coaches and Referees. We can't thank you all enough! A massive thank you needs to be given to all those who helped in making this such an unbelievable success. THANK YOU!

Also special thanks to Ian Basckin who took care of the actual running of the tournament bringing a high level of professionalism to the event, and the Team Physiotherapist - Jason Cheng of Te Aro Physiotherapy & Pilates, who provided his services for free for the NZ athletes. And Congratulations to the organising committee of George Glausiuss, Jason Ng, Phil Laing, Rebecca Merrifield and Chris Bennett. 

Link to Sportdata:
Medal Statistics

Link to Photo Albums:
Facebook - Day 1 - 18th May
Facebook - Day 2 - 19th May
Facebook - Day 3 - 20th May
Lucio Ferri - Special: Oceania Karate Championships 2018


2018 Oceania Karate Champs poster