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51st Senior European Championships, 5-8 May 2016 - Montpellier, France
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On a beautiful sunny morning, the squad arrived at Stansted in plenty of time for check in, and had time for a drink and a chat before boarding. The check in and boarding process was without issue.
The flight was on time and despite circling above a thunder storm at 15000 feet above Budapest, arrival was almost on time.
Transfer from the airport to the Official hotel and hotel check in and room allocation was faultless.
Jon Mottram and his kata squad were training in the designated training room at the hotel when the rest of the delegation arrived, very warm, very sweaty but looking very sharp.
The delegation met at 6.00pm for dinner. The facilities and food at the hotel are excellent.
New badges were issued to the squad and a very interesting needlework session soon commenced in the corridors, it was soon apparent that not many of the squad had seen a needle and thread before! Natalie Williams soon demonstrated her expertise in this area and quickly assumed the role of needlework instructor for the squad.
There is a good atmosphere amongst the squad and all appear to be really focussed on the task in hand.
Early night for the squad, with a kumite training session planned to start at 7 am in the morning.
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