19 May Finn takes the fight to New Caledonia for Oceania Judo Champs

New Caledonia wasn’t a holiday for Nayland College’s Finn Sweetman. The Year 13 student spent the autumn term break at the Oceania Judo Championships, coming away with silver medals in the Junior Men’s -73kg division and the teams event.

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Finn’s trip through the championship pool was a smooth one, and although he missed out on gold, his performance placed him near the top of a pool of competitive Australasian judoka.? He also bested? an -81kg opponent in the teams event to earn NZ second place.

These results aren’t to be confused with overnight success. Finn typically trains between five and seven days a week, and competes regionally and nationally every year. 2015 was his third selection for the Oceania Championships, and he hopes to compete at the Commonwealth and Olympic Games in future. Watch this space!