WestVic Academy of Sport athlete Joel Hennessy is the current Silver medallist at the Oceania Karate Championships.
Held in Suva, Fiji, Hennessy fought hard in the Gold medal bout, only to go down 0-1.
On his way to the final, he defeated his opponent from Papua New Guinea 13-5 and his New Zealand opponent 5-1.
Hennessy has had a busy few months recently, competing at the Australian Karate Federation National Championships in Perth; the South Australian Championships and the Karate Australian Open in Sydney.
He returned from South Australia with a gold medal and the title of South Australian Champion; brought home Silver from the Sydney championships; and unfortunately returned without a medal from Perth due to injury hampering his participation.
Hennessy is a student at Bacchus Marsh Grammar (BMG), and is part of their Elite Sport Program. WestVic Academy of Sport has partnered up with BMG this year in order to delivery additional services to these elite athletes, in order to complement their current training schedules. Strength and conditioning training, sport specific Nutrition sessions, and Sports Psychology sessions are all available to these athletes as members of the Elite Sport Program with BMG and WestVic Academy of Sport.
His lead up to these Championships were slightly disrupted by an injured foot, however Hennessy fought through the pain, and is now reaping the reward.
A rest is now on the cards for Hennessy, before he resumes his training schedule and prepares for upcoming competitions.