Darren Rogers is one of our foundation members and has always served as an excellent example to his training mates. He is well liked and trains seriously all the time. For a young guy he is physically big and strong and a good learner - a recipe for a great champion. We expect big things from him in the years to come. As with all champions he is always enthusiastically supported by his parents, Ian and Sue. Best of luck for the year Daz!
Why do you enjoy judo?
Darren: " It's such a great sport and the adrenaline of competing, and the feeling when you know all the hard work has payed off, and the type of fighting just isnít matched by any other sport."
What was your most memorable moment?
Darren: " It would be a tie between winning a third place in South Africa because it was a huge comp and I trained hard to get there, and my 2nd place in the '06 nationals in Perth, because I trained hard, lost 4-5 kg's and still managed to come that far so I was very proud."
What is your favourite judo technique?
Darren: "It's always changing because some nights I can do one then the next night I can't, but at the moment I like Osoto gari and harai goshi. They work well with my height."
Darren: "I enjoy physical activity lots so that's a main one. I'm always working out and working on my fitness levels, I also like computer games and things like that. Eating is a major hobby and my most frequently practised, just ask my mum."
Darren: "Spaghetti Bolognaise, ever since I was little its my favourite."
Do you have a sporting hero?
Darren: "I'm not sure, not really anyone, I admire some people but donít have a hero, I just admire good players that are clean (drug free) and work hard to win."
What are your goals for 2008?
Darren: "To make the Kindai Cup team to Japan and win the nationals in Sydney is my main focus and then maybe Indian rims later on."..