Karate kids enjoy medals success

WINNING WAYS ... the successful Dokan squad.
WINNING WAYS ... the successful Dokan squad.

FOUR youngsters from Boldon’s Dokan Karate Club knocked the opposition for six when they travelled to Scotland for a major tournament.

Overall, Dokan won five gold, seven silver and 16 bronze medals at the British International open karate tournament held at the new Emirates Arena, in Glasgow.

Two of the gold medals were won by Eleisha Mitchinson, aged 11, from East Boldon, who won both the individual and the pairs kata events.

Eleisha also won a bronze in pairs kumite (freestyle fighting ) with her partner Hannah Nicholson.

Another East Boldon youngster who had a brilliant day was Eve Palmer, nine, who won gold in freestyle fighting and backed that up with two bronze medals.

The other two golds were won by cousins Megan and Ben Purvis.

Megan was partnering Eleisha in pairs kata, and Ben, eight, from Fulwell, Sunderland, won individual kata. The club’s chief instructor, Kevan Mitchinson, said: “We took 24 students to compete and the entire team did really well.

“This competition attracted large squad entries from all over the country, as well as France and Australia.

“Our medal haul was the envy of some much bigger squads.

“They performed magnificently throughout the day in all areas, with all the students giving it 100 per cent. Many just missed out on medals by losing in the quarter finals.” East Boldon girls Lola Cassidy, Sadie Stoner and Sophie Mcnally were all narrowly beaten in finals as were Sunderland girls Tammy Proctor, Katie Hunnam, Katie Snowdon and Chloe Million.

Dokan has become the largest and most successful junior competition squad in the North East, training at three venues in Sunderland, Whitburn and East Boldon, as well as six local schools.

It welcomes new starters.

For information, go to www.dokan.co.uk, email k-mitch@live.co.uk or call 0793 913 0411

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