Winning two gold medals at the recent Oceania Judo Championships held in Tonga has been a major achievement for Dubbo College Year 11 student Alex Lindsay.
The 16-year-old from the Wellington PCYC judo club not only took out the 52kg under-18 division, the Cadets, but also the Junior under-21 division.
Lindsay, who began judo as an eight-years-old, now trains under her father Tony, who is the Wellington PCYC coach, as well as Mudgee-based coach Jim Sheedy.
“I have always really enjoyed judo because I think it rewards the athletes who put in the hard work,” Lindsay said.
“Initially dad started my younger brother Nat in the sport and then I joined them.
“I had a bit of a break from judo for a while but I’ve now been training in the sport since I was 12-years-old.
“It keeps me fit and healthy and I also watch my diet to make sure I stay in my weight division.
“I am currently leading the Australian national points tally and after Oceania I thought I would qualify for the World Championships in my weight division.
“But unfortunately I missed out because in the three tournaments selected for qualification, I actually came second in two with silver medals and not gold. But I just have to accept that and move on with the sport.”
Lindsay was keen to thank her parents, Tony and Michelle, for all their support.