South Tyneside karate kids strike Euro gold
Youngsters from a karate club in South Tyneside have returned home from the European Championships laden with medals.
A dozen members of the The Dokan Karate Club travelled to Florence for the WUKF European Championships – returning with four gold, three silver and eight bronze medals between them.
Dokan chief instructor, Kevan Mitchinson, said: “The whole squad were great, and we are already looking ahead to next year when the World Championships are being held in Dundee.
“This will be a fantastic focus point and goal for the whole club, especially after these results at European level.”
He added: “This was a major with 1,800 competitors from 21 countries and, for a small club like ours, it was a great result.
“For everyone who made the trip, it was truly memorable.”
The gold medal winners were Eleisha Mitchinson, Elle Smith and Emma Snaith in the under-20 female team kata (set movement) and eight-year-old Charley Forster, who beat off competition from over 30 other competitors in her age group kata section.
Charley took up karate a year ago.
Mr Mitchinson added: “All three senior girls have been performing at a high level for a number of years and really did deserve this victory.
“Charley winning gold after less than a year in the sport shows that the right training and dedication, can take you a long way.”
The Dokan Karate Association runs classes – for all age groups and levels – at Whitburn Parish Hall, All Saints Church, Cleadon and Redhouse Community Centre, in Sunderland.
For more information, go to www.dokan.co.uk, call 07939 130411 or email [email protected]