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Junior Sports Hotshot - Winner October 2017
Jack O’Toole is only 12 years old but already has an adult blue belt in Hapkido, an eclectic form of Korean martial arts.
He has also just returned from the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Nationals tournament in Melbourne with a silver medal.
To add yet another feather to his cap, the John Therry High School student is also the latest winner of the Campbelltown Catholic Club’s monthly Sports Hot Shot award, receiving a $500 prize.
“Thanks, Catholic Club, for showing faith in me,” he said.
Jack’s skills recently wowed Elite Sports so much that the US-based supplier of martial arts gear has now embraced him as a sponsor.
He’s the first competitor in Australia to receive this type of sponsorship, his mum, Rachel-Maree O'Toole, said.
“Jack was recently sick and missed school and slept most of the Saturday and had to compete on Sunday,” she said. “He knew people were coming to watch him, so he did not want to forfeit and went on to win his division – and attracted the sponsor from California.”
Jack has trained in the two different styles of martial arts since the age of four – he does Hapkido at Campbelltown Martial Arts, and competitively fights in competitions in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
He has also joined Future Fighterz an invitation-only martial arts support group.
For the past couple of years Jack has been teaching younger (and older) kids at Campbelltown Martial Arts, and his mum couldn’t be prouder.
“Jack obtained his junior Black Belt Fourth Dan in Hapkido and is now an adult blue belt. In BJJ Jack has a competition Belt of Orange with a black stripe. Jack has also been the recipient of BJJ competitor of the year twice, Instructor of the Year, as well as Student of the year at Campbelltown Martial Arts.
“He has 37 medals, 43 trophies and two plaques.
“Jack has a great reputation in the BJJ circuit due to his sportsmanship, win or lose he is the first kid up and shaking and hugging the other kid.”
The Club’s Sports Hot Shot award encourages young sportspeople to share their story online for the chance to win cash every month. It’s simple for any talented young local sportspeople to enter. Simply click here and share your sporting story in 250 words (or less) about your junior ‘SportsHot Shot’. Every month the Club will Award $500 for the best entry.
Stories don’t just have to be around sporting achievement. It could be about participation, overcoming personal adversity or you may have had your own ‘Steven Bradbury’ moment where you had an unexpected win against all the odds.
Entrants must live in Macarthur and the nominating parent must be a member of Campbelltown Catholic Club.Sports Hot Shot must be 21 years of age or younger. Management’s decision shall be final and no correspondence will be entered into. If you’re not already a member and want to take part in this program, you can join Campbelltown Catholic Club membership for as little as $8 per year.
Article and Photography by Jeff McGill