And the gold medal goes to….

And the gold medal goes to….

Sowilo Community High student Campbell Wright. Photograph - Aaron Van Rongen.

Campbell Wright is a champion on and off the mat after winning gold for the second year in a row at the WA State Gi Championships. 

The 16-year-old Brazilian jiu-jitsu superstar first started taking part in the competitive sport about two years ago as a way to lose weight and gain confidence in himself. 

He now trains five times a week at his school Sowilo Community High and loves every minute of being out on the mat competing against his fellow peers and teachers.

“It’s really helped me become healthier, not just in my weight loss but mentally as well,” Campbell said. 

“There’s always someone out there who can just squash you, no matter who you are and I think the goals Brazilian jiu-jitsu can give you is a great thing for the mind, as there is always a new challenge, whether that’s a new move or a new belt.” 

Campbell recently competed in the juvenile boys white belt medium heavy division at the WA Gi State Championship where he took home gold for his incredible efforts.

However this isn’t the first time Campbell has added some medals to his trophy cabinet, after he was awarded gold at the same competition last year. 

Campbell now has his eyes set on securing his blue belt next year, a process that usually takes about two and half years to achieve. 

“It’s definitely a huge commitment, you really need to make it a part of who you are,” he said. 

“Dedication, humility and respect are the most important lessons Brazilian jiu-jitsu can teach you.”