Squad strikes gold in Birmingham

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Harrogate Shotokan Karate Club and Boston Spa Karate Club had another day packed with success at the 45th KUGB National Karate Championships held at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham

The Harrogate/Boston squad had its most successful results ever at the Championships, earning 14 different medal placings including four gold, one silver and nine bronze medals.

Emelye O’Brien, 12, secured gold in the girls Kumite over 5’3” event for a second successive year, while teammate Holly Dickinson earned bronze in the same event.

Rossett High School Jamie Brown won gold in the boys kumite over 5’5”, his second win in three years. Elder brother Stephen won bronze in the junior Kumite 18-20 years category.

Jordon Probst proved too fast for his opponent and took a very quick victory in the Junior Kumite 16 & 17 Years old event. Throughout the day Jordon beat people with impressive, strong techniques including an incredible back kick in the earlier rounds. Jordon, a pupil at Harrogate Grammar School, won a KUGB National title in 2005 and 2006.

He was also awarded a special trophy for the most outstanding competitor under the age of 21 years.  In the same event, Joe Finlay claimed bronze.

Ashley Scott finished off the day by taking the female Kumite title.  Having been frustratingly close on a number of previous tries, this time she showed herself to be a worthy winner with her display of punches, sweeps and kicks. 

In the male team Kumite the Harrogate/Boston B Team were beaten 2-0 in the final by the very strong Halewood team.  The team, which consisted of Ryan Tucker, Stephen Brown, Jordon Probst and Joe Finlay reached the final. 

Ryan also took bronze in the senior male kumite after a very hard fight against Jon McGorian ended in defeat. 

All four members medalled individually.

The Harrogate/Boston Ladies team of Ashley Scott, Mell Finlay, Abi Chapman and Zoe Starr took the bronze.

Mell Finlay also earned bronze in the Junior Female Kumite. Hayden Steel, Tom Mitchell and Dan Martin also took bronze medals in their respective events.

Club instructor Matt Price, a 5th Dan Black Belt, said: “To come away from this prestigious event with such a huge haul of medals is fantastic, all the members did themselves proud.”

Anybody interested in the clubs based at Harrogate High School and Boston Spa School can contact Matt Price on 01423 549618 or visit www.harrogate-shotokan.co.uk