Karate kids kick off the year in style

Karate kids from South Tyneside have wasted no time getting to grips with winning medals.

Monday, 27th March 2017, 8:00 am
Updated Monday, 27th March 2017, 12:19 pm
Eleisha Mitchinson, right, and Hannah Nicholson both won medals in Sweden and Yorkshire,

The Dokan club kicked off the competitive year in style by topping the medal table at the English Kyu grade National Championships and have have not stopped winning since.

Their next outing was the Yorkshire open in February where they entered a huge squad of around 50 students and finished top club of the 40.

Lola Cassidy, left, Marcus Henderson and Anais Errington with some of the trophies won already this year.

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Earlier this montjh, a small elite squad flew out to Sweden to take part in the Swedish International tournament where they yet again turned on the style to win six gold medals, four silver and six bronze.

Chief instructor, Kevan Mitchinson, said: “In this standard of tournament this is a fantastic result from only eleven Dokan student

“Last year was immensely successful and the aim was to continue in the same style this year.

“They have certainly done that”

Eve Palmer on her way to a win in Swedien

There was little time for rest as the squad were back in action on March 12 at the Chojinkai Competition in Penrith.

A squad of 45 returned to South Tyneside with 22 gold, 34 silver and 27 bronze medals.

Mr Mitchinson added: “83 medals was a greaty return for their efforts.

The youngsters are now preparing for The English Nationals Championships in April.

Emma Snaith in action

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Alex Steadman 15, Rebecca Bradburn 15, Eleisha Mitchinson 14 and Hannah Nicholson 15 all won medals
Lola Cassidy, left, Marcus Henderson and Anais Errington with some of the trophies won already this year.
Eve Palmer on her way to a win in Swedien
Emma Snaith in action
Alex Steadman 15, Rebecca Bradburn 15, Eleisha Mitchinson 14 and Hannah Nicholson 15 all won medals