Judo takes Jake to Olympics

JUDO: Coach and five time Olympian and Sydney 2000 bronze medallist Maria Pekli, London 2012 team-mate Carli Renzi, former Tumby Bay resident and London-bound Jake Andrewartha, London 2012 team-mate and Beijing 2008 Olympian Mark Anthony and coach Mick McMahon.
JUDO: Coach and five time Olympian and Sydney 2000 bronze medallist Maria Pekli, London 2012 team-mate Carli Renzi, former Tumby Bay resident and London-bound Jake Andrewartha, London 2012 team-mate and Beijing 2008 Olympian Mark Anthony and coach Mick McMahon.

FORMER Tumby Bay resident Jake Andrewartha will compete in his first Olympic Games this year after being selected in the Australian judo team for the over 100 kilograms division.

Mr Andrewartha was coached by local Sandy Arancelovic at the Tumby Bay Judo Club after moving to the town with his family in 1999.

He has since moved to Adelaide in 2006 and then Melbourne in 2010 to further his judo career.

After setting his sights on this year's Olympics while in Tumby bay, 13 years of practicing has proved to be worth it.

Mr Andrewartha, who will compete on August 3, is one of the several players going to London from Dominance Mixed Martial Arts in Melbourne.

He has already competed in two world championships and two junior championships, numerous Oceania championships, the Grand Slam Rio de Janeiro, the US Open and the Grand Slam International tournament in Tokyo.