Judo success carrying on family tradition

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THE Palmer name is synonymous with martial arts on the North-West Coast.

Following on from the success of his uncle, Chris, Bailey Palmer is well on the way to forging his own reputation in the sport of judo.

The 14-year-old has enjoyed a fantastic year, which has seen him awarded the 2012 The Advocate-IGA Junior Sports male individual award.

After being crowned state champion for the fifth time in his age and weight category, Palmer travelled to Wollongong for the national titles, where he won gold in the senior boys 60-kilogram category.

Palmer continued his winning ways in August at the Southern Cross International competition in Melbourne, winning gold medals in both the under 66kg and over 66kg senior boys’ divisions.

Despite all the national acclaim, Palmer continues to support the sport at the local level.

He can often be found coaching younger members with their judo techniques and skills and is always willing to lend a hand on competition days to lighten the load of others.

DESTINED FOR GREATER ACHIEVEMENT: Bailey Palmer, the 2012 The Advocate IGA Junior Sports male individual award winner. Picture: Stuart Wilson.

With many successful bouts already against older and heavier competitors, expect Palmer to continue his winning ways for many years to come.

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