For the fourth year in a row Chilli Harel has won a gold medal at the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Pan Pacific Championship held in Melbourne two weekends ago.
The 13-year-old Chilli took on an extra challenge this year by moving up an age group to fight against 14-year-olds.
In the finals he came up against the 2018 defending champion and the current national champion for this age group.
Chilli won the match 6–0 and was seconds away from finishing a submission he had set up towards the end of the match.
Luisa Santucci (15) also won a gold medal in her division after finishing her final with a submission win.
Milli McCourt (19) won a silver medal.
‘We are very proud of our three Byron Bay athletes and their amazing achievements,’ Raz Harel said.
The Pan Pacific Championship is the biggest competition in the southern hemisphere and takes place once a year in Melbourne.
The next event is a local one: the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Australian Open on Sunday, November 17, at the Cavanbah Centre in Byron Bay.