Brothers win swag of medals at state titles
THESE are two brothers you would not want to mess with.
South African born Damien and Keagan Prins have just returned victorious from the first Queensland round of the National All Styles Karate Championships on the Gold Coast.
It was the first tournament for Year 3 student Keagan Prins, and he said he was a bit nervous.
"When I first fought I didn't really know what to do," Keagan said.
But he picked it up soon enough, working his way into the final match-up.
Keagan narrowly lost to his final opponent in a sudden death round, but came home with a silver medal.
Big brother Damien Prins showed his experience as a seasoned competitor, snatching up a silver and bronze medal across three categories.
Damien said he loved the rush of adrenaline in the heat of a fight.
The Year 8 student already has a black belt in shito-ryu, and is currently working towards another in shiro-ryu kan style.
Proud mum Nicci Prins said karate was a great way to teach both of her sons discipline and respect.
She said Damien had enjoyed the competitive Australian scene since moving from South Africa in 2010.
"It's his absolute passion," Ms Prins said.
Damien and Keagan make the weekly trip to Texas to train under Shihan Jason White.
The boys will attend another two competitions ahead of nationals in Sydney at the end of the year.
Damien will be looking to repeat his last nationals performance, when he was crowned national champion for his skills in continuous sparring.
Mrs Prins recalled an interesting trip through airport customs on their way home from Melbourne.
"It was very exciting going through the airport with metal trophies," she laughed.