Wagga fighter’s golden haul

A Wagga fighter made the ultimate comeback to karate, winning two gold medals at an Olympic-recognised event on the weekend.

A knee injury kept Rebecca Toscan, 35, at bay for a year in the lead up to the NSW Championships.

After just six training sessions since her recovery, the seasoned fighter won the female veterans kumite, and female +61kg kumite.

She visualised the fights before she took to the floor, and executed her moves seamlessly.

“I had a plan going into each fight of the things I wanted to achieve, the combinations I wanted to use,” Toscan said.

“It was good being in control of the fight, having things go the way I wanted them to.”

Toscan found the weight division to be the greatest challenge, because fighters must prepare to face women of all ages from 18 up.

She thanked members of her home club Riverina Goshin RYU for their support.

Wagga was well-represented in the cadets kata, where India Becroft came second and Hana Sawal came third.


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