Gympie karate will be able to keep powering ahead with a $30,325 funding commitment from an LNP government.

LNP Member for Gympie, Tony Perrett, said that the funds will be used to upgrade local facilities and purchase training equipment.

“The rapid expansion in popularity of the Gympie International Karate Daigaku (IKD) has meant it is pushing the limits on their capacity at their Red Hill Road venue.

“At the moment the only place females can change are the toilet cubicles.

“This funding will help to refurbish the change rooms to include both a restroom and change areas.

“The club will also use the funding to purchase safety equipment so that training can be conducted in a safe and controlled environment.

“Children, adults and even those in wheelchairs are taught the Shotokan style of karate at the IKD Martial Arts Centre.

“Currently the Gympie club has and 24 female and 21 male members which is expected to continue increasing.

“The club is very successful and punches above its weight producing some highly successful national and international champions.

“It has developed and trained some very successful karate talents.

“In 2018 one competitor was placed 5

th in world rankings, and another was the 2017 national

sparring champion, and in five students were selected for the 2018 Queensland team bringing home with them a haul of one gold and four bronze medals.

“Under an LNP government we are committed to providing the grassroots infrastructure that will allow sporting and community groups to thrive,” he said.