A five-member Nadi Karate Club team will feature in the 2013 Australian Open and Australian Schools/University Championships which starts in Sydney tomorrow.
They include Chesley Yee, Makoto Racika, Sakaraia Racika, Braelynn Yee and Senia Mua.
Chesley, Makoto and Sakaraia attend Natabua High School and they will be joined by fellow schoolmate Aisha Rafiq on the trip.
Karate Nadi president Anthony Mason said Chesley was an integral member of the club given his role as the senior instructor.
"Chesley holds a 1st kyu brown belt ranking," Mason said.
"His next grading would earn him the 1st dan black belt. He was awarded the Young Male Athlete of the Year by FASANOC and the Fiji Sports Council on two consecutive occasions in 2010 and 2011. His achievements and overall character serves as an inspiration to others."
"Karate Nadi is very supportive of our "karatekas" as we call them, given their dedication to the sport and their level of achievement to date despite their young age."
"For these karatekas, training and preparation for the 2013 season had not stopped since last year. We took a short break at the end of the year but began hitting the tatami mat weeks before the new school year began."
Upon their return next week, the members will begin their preparations for the Fiji Games next month and the National Championship in August.