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Year Awarded: 2015
Sport: Judo
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Jake Bensted - Judo

Jake Bensted was awarded The Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship and Mentoring Program in October 2014 for the 2015 year. His Mentor is Stan Longinidis.

 was first introduced to Judo at the age of 6 by his uncle, at the Geelong YMCA Judo club. He first represented Australia in 2008 at the Kindai Cup in Japan, a prestigious junior team’s competition. Since then Jake has travelled all over the world to countries such as France, Japan, Russia, Great Brittan and Germany with Judo Australia's NTID (National Talent Identification and Development) Squad training, competing and medalling in many events. In 2012 at the age of 18, Jake won his first Senior National title, in the Men's U/73kg division. This year saw Jake qualify and compete at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. He came away with a bronze medal, after narrowly missing out on fighting in the final with a very close loss in the semi-final against the eventual winner from England. Currently Jake is in the process of qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Games. To do this he is spending upwards of 10 months of the year overseas in Europe and Asia, training and competing with some of the top judo competitors in the world.

Top 5 Performances of the last 18 months:

  • 2014 Senior and junior National Champion
  • 2014 Commonwealth Games Bronze medallist
  • 2014 Oceania Championships Silver medallist
  • 2014 ACT International Open Gold medallist
  • 2013 Taipei Asian open 5th place

Mentor:  Stan Longinidis

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