Caitie returned to competition in 2013 after missing 2012 following major surgery on both hips. Despite a heavily restricted training load because of her continuing recovery she remained undefeated in Australia winning the Victorian Championships in March , the Australian Open in April and the Australian National Karate Championships in August.
It was finally in August a week before the Nationals that Caitie was finally given medical clearance to resume full training. The team for the Junior World Championships in Spain was announced at the Nationals and Caitie was once again selected for what would be her third Worlds. She immediately threw herself into full training to get her fitness back up to full speed. In addition to dojo training Monday through Thursday and national squad training on Saturday Caitie rose at 5.30 am twice weekly to complete her strengthening and conditioning program with her long time trainer Trent Saunders.
At the Worlds in Spain Caitie won her first round against Serbia before going down to Germany on the second round. Although disappointed with the result she was satisfied that she had proven to herself that after such a long layoff she was able to return to become competitive at the highest level.
Caitie now plans to continue training though the holidays to allow her to embark on an assault on the Senior World Championships in Germany. She has targeted a number of international events in 2014 including the US Open in April, the Karate1 Premier League event in Okinawa in August and the Oceania Championships in Fiji in September to help in her preparation.
Check out some of Caitie's training below.
Caitie conducts very successful private lessons at Bacchus Marsh dojo. Many of her students have gone on to represent Victorian and more recently Australia. She is planning to conduct a number of Seminars in 2014 to help toward funding her International trips. If you are interested she can be contacted on 0425 794 332.
Sensei Wayne NOBLE