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14 August 2017

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School on show for visitors Noble Park Secondary College showcased its diversity for guests from its Japanese sister school. Among the students involved were Zia, representing Sri Lanka, Jazz from North India and Sahar from Afghanistan. 171134

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n Martial arts student will be fighting for his country…

It’s the karate kid By Casey Neill A Springvale student will fight for Australia at a karate competition in Ireland. Omar Selmanovic, 17, is in Year 11 at Minaret College. “I initially played soccer,” he said. “After the season ended I was looking for something to do and I had a friend who did karate.

“I joined when I was about eight. I haven’t looked back.” He said that it was his dad’s encouragement that kept him in karate initially. “But when you get to go to competitions you meet people and have fun competing,” he said. “It taught me discipline as well. “Without hard work you weren’t going to go anywhere.”

Omar was handpicked at regional try-outs for a national competition where he placed in the top four in his age group. “Everybody’s good friends, but on the mat, in the ring, you forget about the friendships and stuff,” he said. “You’ve got a job to do. “Afterwards it’s all handshakes, it’s all smiles maybe a black eye or a bloody nose.”

The International Karate Union World Championships will take place in Ireland on 19, 20 and 21 August. “I think it’s all over one day for us juniors, so we’re going to have multiple times on the mat in one day,” he said. “I’ll be fighting in the 16 to 18 years age group. Continued on page 8

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