|FEELING GOLDEN: Alex Lindsay (in white) in her gold medal fight at June’s Nationals in Melbourne, against a QLD girl. Alex won this fight to claim the National title for her division. Photo and story from the Wellington Times.
Alex Lindsay has been selected to head to Tokiwa, Japan in January 2017 to represent Australia as part of the ‘Next Generation Judo’ training program.
The camp is for two weeks and is for Judoka, or players, under the age of eighteen.
Only one player from each division has been selected to attend.
Alex is currently ranked No.1 in Australia in her division, which is hotly contested.
Tokiwa was selected as a host for the training camp because they finished first in the Gunma Prefecture this year.
The aim of the camp is to develop deeper levels of technical skills in younger athletes.
Alex said if she suffers no injuries and her current form is maintained, she hopes to make the Cadet World Titles in August next year.
Earlier this year Alex represented Australia in the Cadet (U18) division at the Oceania Championships, where she finished second.
Following this tournament she got to attend a four-day training camp at the Australian Institute of Sport combat centre to enhance her fitness levels and skill set.
Alex currently trains at the Wellington PCYC and undertakes further training with former Australian representative Jim Sheedy from Mudgee.
PCYC club manager Matthew Devenish said Alex has earned this opportunity.
“She works really hard, so it’s great to see.