Monash Graduate's Accomplishment at Kendo World Championships

Trent  (right) competed against the Korean fighter, Jin Yong Jo
Monash graduate, Trent Reeve, has just returned from competing for Australia at the 16th Kendo World Championships. Kendo, the Japanese sword based martial art, is widely known for combining the elements of mental discipline and physical prowess.
After graduating from Monash in 2012 with a Bachelor of Biomedical Science and a Diploma of Languages (Japanese), Trent spent a year honing his skills at the Nippon Sports Science University in Toyko, Japan. Training up to 17 times a week, Trent worked in earnest to achieve his goal of being a part of the Australian team. He achieved this by being chosen as one of the 7 team members to represent Australia at the 16th World Championships in Tokyo last month.
Competing at the World Championships in both the individual and team events, Trent impressively won three of his four matches for the tournament. After winning his first two matches in the individual event, Trent lost in the Round of 64, to Korea’s highest ranked fighter. In the team event, Trent won his match 2-0, however the Australian team did not progress out of the pool stages.
“Monash Graduates, like Trent, who are competing at the highest level in their chosen sport, exhibit the commitment to excellence and ambition that Monash University prides itself on”, said Director of TeamMONASH Martin Doulton.
Trent represented Monash University in Kendo at the Australian University Games as a player from 2009-2011, and coach in 2014. In the three years he competed for Monash, Trent won the Green & Gold Medal, signifying his place in the all-star team each year. Luckily for our current students, Trent will again be coaching the Monash University AUG team this year. 
Trent has now set his sights on the 17th World Championships which will be held in Korea in 3 years’ time. We congratulate Trent on his fantastic achievements and wish him all the best in his future tournaments.

(L-R): Australian Kendo Team Members: Trent Reeve, Taek Yang, Jayson Chaplin

Emer Casey Recap

Members of the Caulfield Pegasus & Phoenix Non-Residential Colleges
The Emer Casey Foundation aims to raise much needed funds for Ovarian Cancer research. In its 8th year, the Emer Casey Fun Run and its participants braved inclement weather and ran either the 5 or 10 kilometre course. In the process raising over $30,000 for the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.

The event was a resounding success with over 75 Monash students, alumni and staff participants joining the 400 strong group. It was great to see the university community rally around such a worthwhile cause. Monash University has a long history with the Emer Casey fun run, with 2015 marking our 7th year of involvement. Unlike previous years the run was unable to be held at the Clayton Campus due to major construction work. However it was great to see that its relocation just down the road at Wheelers Hell did not hinder its success.

Emer Casey was a young Irish woman who died of Ovarian Cancer. Her death had such an impact on her family and friends that they set up the Emer Casey Foundation, which is dedicated to raising money for research into Ovarian Cancer. Every year in Australia around 1500 women are diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer and more than 850 women will die from the disease. All funds raised are donated to the Peter Mac Centre.

Funding from the Emer Casey Fun Run has been instrumental in helping the Peter Mac Centre conduct vital pilot studies that then allow them to apply for additional funding to further their research.

TeamMONASH Director Martin Doulton leading the runners in warm up stretches
The MC for the morning was Team MONASH's own, Martin Doulton, who said of the event - "we are pleased to continue to be so heavily involved in supporting such a worthy cause. We are looking forward to 2016."

It was great to see so many Monash students, staff and alumni getting involved in such a worthwhile cause. We hope everyone had a fantastic day.

Badminton Students Win in Major Competition

Monash's own elite athlete, Leanne Choo, has been incredibly successful in a recent international Badminton competition in Sudirman, China. She was undefeated in her teams group stage in both women's and mixed doubles.


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Australia has put in a strong performance at the Sudirman Cup in China to finish third in Group 3. While the Aussies would be a little disappointed that they could not top the group, their only loss came against a Vietnamese team that boasted 2013 World Championship medallist Tien Minh with a close 2-3 score line.

The campaign got off to strong start with wins over Italy (4-1) and Switzerland (3-2). Australia had a chance to top sub group 3B and set up a playoff for top position in Group 3, however could not get over the line against Vietnam, going down 2-3 in a tight encounter to finish second in the Sub-Group. A cross over match against Austria, second placed team in Sub-Group 3A, saw the Aussie team fight back from a 0-2 deficit to win 3-2.

Robin Middleton and Leanne Choo’s experience on the international stage showed through for Aussies as they won all four of their mixed doubles matches to finish the tournament undefeated. Leanne also finished undefeated with Gronya Somerville in the women’s doubles. Sudirman Cup debutants Daniel Guda (MS), Joy Lai (WS) and Sawan Serasinghe / Matt Chau (MD) found the going a little more difficult, but will be better for the experience as they fought through some tough matches.

There is no rest for the Aussies as they returned home Sunday in advance of next week’s Australian Open Superseries in Sydney. They will be joined by the Dutch national team in Melbourne this week to help prepare for the event.

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