Brisbane Valley trio picked for Australia
THREE Brisbane Valley brothers will take their fight to Scotland in November.
Toogoolawah black belts Stephen, John and Michael Kakakios have been selected to represent Australia at the sixth Commonwealth Taekwondo Championships in Edinburgh, Scotland, on November 15-16.
Their selection follows last month's Australian Open Taekwondo Tournament.
"The STA (Sports Taekwondo Australia) looked over our performances and had to select a team for the Commonwealth Championships via the Australia Open and we were chosen based on those performances," Stephen said, adding it would be great to be able to share the experience with his brothers.
"It's amazing and it's good to be going together and to have each other there.
"We just hope to do Australia and our sponsors proud.
"We are definitely in with more than a chance - we're going to win."
Stephen said he and his brothers shared the goal of stepping on to the Olympic stage.
"The ultimate goal is to go to the Olympics, and the Commonwealth Championships is a big stepping stone in that direction," he said.
"The goal of all sports is to go to the Olympics and that is where we want to take this."
The boys picked up the martial art after their father pushed them to learn self-defence.
It is not the first accolade the trio has acquired on the taekwondo scene, with Michael competing at the World Junior Taekwondo Championships in Egypt in 2012, Stephen competing at the US Open Taekwondo Tournament last year and all three having won national championships.
Taekwondo does not receive government funding in Australia so the Kakakios brothers are relying on fundraising to make the journey.
To help them make the trip to Scotland, head to their Facebook page, Kakakios Brothers.