Teen steps it up to clinch bronze medal

GUTSY: Angelina Yokoyama with her bronze medal. Picture: David Stewart
GUTSY: Angelina Yokoyama with her bronze medal. Picture: David Stewart

BONNELLS Bay teenager Angelina Yokoyama wasn't expecting to have to contest the 52kg weight division at the recent Australian Judo Championships at Wollongong.

And she certainly wasn't expecting to win the bronze medal in the division.

Angelina had prepared to contest the 48kg division in the cadets (under-17) section, but narrowly missed the weight and was forced to step up into the heavier division.

Her father Brian explained that Angelina would normally have easily shed the extra few grams in order to make the weight, but a tight time schedule and different regulations at the national titles meant she was forced to make the step up.

Coach Peter Acciari of Kido Mingara Judo Academy, at Tuggerah, was impressed by the way she overcame the setback.

"Angelina did remarkably well to win bouts in the heavier 52kg cadets," he said.

Angelina's brother Liam won gold in the junior men's 60kg division, and bronze in the senior men's 60kg division.