HE may have lost in the first round at the World Cadet Judo Championships, but there is no doubt Wonthaggi’s Sam Farrington made his parents, coaches and the Sang-Rok Wonthaggi Judo Club proud with his efforts.
The 16-year-old Newhaven College student left with the Australian team on August 1 for the championships in Sarajevo, Bosnia.
In a highly competitive competition, Sam fought Joris Boes from the Netherlands in the under 66kg class and gave a good account of himself, lasting the full turn of the fight before losing by penalty.
Despite the slight disappointment, Sam’s mother Jackie said the talented fighter had enjoyed the experience.
“It’s about getting there, having a look and seeing what it’s about and learning from there, and Sam’s already got some things he wants to work on,” she said.
“He was a little bit disappointed because he thought he could have won the first fight.
“He almost threw the guy and he almost had him early in the fight so he’s disappointed he didn’t get it over and done with.
“A lot of his coaches are pleased with him because a lot of the fighters get over there and get stage fright whereas Sam came out and had a go from the start.
“It’s definitely made him hungry for more that’s for sure.”
Following Australian training at the AIS in the recent school holidays, Sam and fellow Victorian Maeve Coghlan were named captains of the team.
It was a prestigious honour for Sam to be named captain and proves he has a bright future in judo.
He will return to Wonthaggi on Wednesday and is looking forward to working on his weaknesses and learning from the incredible experience.