44th European Karate Federation’s U21 Championships
Kesgrave Karate news. The 17-19th February saw the 44th European Karate Federation’s U21 Championships held in the Armeec Arena Sofia, Bulgaria.
This competition brought the best young karateka from 50 European countries together to battle it out for the right to be European Champion. Northgate, Kesgrave Karate and Associated Clubs were proud to have one of its own members representing England at this prestigious event.
Georgina Lawson competed in the female junior kumite -59kg category. Although she did not realise her ultimate goal of becoming European champion, she did gain valuable experience. The slightest mistake or loss of concentration is instantly punished at this level and this was apparent in every age and weight category. An amazing experience for Georgina and one that younger members of the club can aspire to!
Many thanks to all who helped Georgina to achieve her dream of attending the event and to coach Chris Stott for his support and report.
Closer to home a squad of 13 went to the 10th KSE comp in Gloucester where we won a total of 8 medals. The standard was extremely high and the whole team should be very proud especially as for some of them, it was their first Japanese kata competition. The whole squad was Lauren Berry, Ruby Hunt, Jessica Etherington, Harry Whitmore, Emma Buckley, Sofia Standring, Lilly Melton, Lola Blofield, Thomas Humphries, Amelia Clow, Sophie Swann, Abigail Longhurst and Dylan Barnes.
Our medal winners were Ruby Hunt –who took home two gold medals for kumite not only in her own category but the one above as well. She gave away only 3 points over the 8 fights in the two categories she entered, winning the fights by a 4 point gap each time. Lauren Berry, who won a silver in the individual kata; Emma Buckly, Sofia Standring, Lilly Melton won a bronze medal for their team kata; Sophie Swann, who gave an outstanding performance to take home gold in the individual kata; Jessica Etherington-, who again had 3 rounds to get through and got better with each round, took silver in the individual kata and Abigail Longhurst-, who also took home silver in the individual kata. Even the non medal winners did really well by showing a good standard and gaining valuable experience to take to the next competition in Hornchurch in April. Thanks again to all the parents and club instructors for their support and to Matt Standring for the report.
A final thank you must go to the continued support from our club sponsors which now include Ipswich Audi, M+C Diesel, IS Electrical and Chris Clow.