Broome fighters shine on big stage

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Broome Mixed Martial Arts' Blake Glossop, Dong-La Phatjanra, Norman Fronda Jnr, Carolyn Armstrong, Wayde Cameron, Shane Speed and Ryan Page at the Australian Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competition.
Camera IconBroome Mixed Martial Arts' Blake Glossop, Dong-La Phatjanra, Norman Fronda Jnr, Carolyn Armstrong, Wayde Cameron, Shane Speed and Ryan Page at the Australian Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competition. Credit: Supplied

A fledgling team of Broome’s mixed martial artists recently brought a taste of what regional WA has to offer to a prestigious Brazilian jujitsu tournament.

The team from Broome Mixed Martial Artists competed in the Australian Federation Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Competition, a four-star nationally rated meeting, in Perth late last month.

BMMA head coach Blake Glossop competed in the purple belt division, while his six students Dong-La Phatjanra, Norman Fronda, Carolyn Armstrong, Wayde Cameron, Shane Speed and Ryan Page all competed in the white belt divisions.

All divisions were weight-classed and had the option for competitors to compete in the open weight division.

As a collective, the team brought home with two silver medals and one bronze medal, while the Legion 13 club they’re affiliated with won first place overall for both adults and children’s categories.

Broome Mixed Martial Arts member Carolyn Armstrong said all the students were very nervous to compete in such a prestigious event in front of hundreds of people. “Despite the nerves, I think we all did very well and had a really enjoyable experience in Perth,” she said.

“We are all so grateful to have had the fantastic opportunity to travel with the ongoing support of Broome Mixed Martial Arts and we can’t wait to be able to compete again.

“We only sent a few of our members down to Perth so they can come back to Broome and encourage others to come along and take part as well.”

Ms Armstrong said she and Mr Glossop will be looking to expand Broome Mixed Martial Arts in 2020. “We would definitely like to grow our membership numbers in 2020 and continue to upskill our current students next year,” she said.

“We also hope to continue to compete in more tournaments and eventually take some of our younger students to those tournaments as well.”

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