Liverpool Youth Championships May 2016
Following on from their International duties earlier in May at the KUGB National Championships the USKFI team travelled to Liverpool to take part in the Youth Championships. Although on a slightly smaller scale than the National Championships the Liverpool Youth Championships attracts some of the UK's top karate athletes. With Liverpool being the home of some of the UK's most renowned instructors such as Sensei Andy Sherry, Bob Poynton,... Sensei Terry O Neill and of course legendary brothers James & Frank Brennan this competition always has a very special feel to it.
The USKFI have been participating in the Liverpool Championships since its inception 14 years ago and each year a fantastic squad has represented their clubs and country. This year the USKFI had a team of 19 travelling which included thirteen competitors, three coaches and 3 of our finest and most experienced international referees Sensei Jennifer Prendergast, Sensei Jim Bartley and Sensei Bernard Gaffney. We had a mix of students with some making their international debut right up to our most experienced competitors.
The main goal as always at these championships is for our members to gain the invaluable experience of competition. Along with vital experience our members also returned home to Ireland with a large haul of silverware. We saw Dmitry Kavanagh, Sophie Farrell, Donnacadh Murray and Yacine Ghanem all return with well deserved bronze medals in their kumite events. Sean O Connor made it to the final of the Junior Male Kata event where he eventually came home with a silver medal after a great performance of Kanku Sho in the final. We saw the USKFI's team Kata which consisted of Leon Hoban, Ray Foysal and captained by Leeanne Royle battle it out in the final and come home with a well deserved second place after a very close final. A special mention for the USKFI's Leeanne Royle who once again performed superbly dominating both her Kata & Kumite events where she eventually took home a gold medal in both events. To top off what was already a tremendous championships for our team Sensei Andy Sherry presented Leeanne with the Cathy Hutchinson Memorial trophy for being the most outstanding competitor on the day. That concluded another fantastic trip for our team.
The USKFI would like to thank all parents and supporters who travelled with the team over the weekend. Your support and commitment to the USKFI is very much appreciated.
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