KATA Squad Report
We arrived on Monday 16th March after a good flight and taken straight to our hotel which was very comfortable. The squad rested on Monday and then did some light training on Tuesday at the Hotel. On Wednesday the whole squad Travelled by coach to the venue to do some training, it was a good session that lasted about 2 hours.
Thursday the first day of competition started with the individual Kata both Aimee Sell and John Gardiner were competing at the same time.
Aimee won her first round 4-1 against Azerbaijan, but lost the 2nd round to Belarus 5-0. John won his opening round 5-0 against Kosovo but then lost his 2nd round to Russia 5-0. Both individuals missed out on Repêchage
The second day of competition, Friday, started with team Kata and AGAIN both Teams were competing at the same time making it difficult to watch both teams.
The Female Kata Team lost 3-2 to Macedonia, who then went on to loose for Bronze.
The Male Teem won 4-1 against Poland but in the 2nd round lost to Croatia 5-0, Croatia went on to win the Bronze medal for the second year running.
Our Kata Squad is a young Squad and were against very experienced teams but I feel our squad have a good future ahead of them.
Sensei Ticky Donovan OBE
Day 2 Competition
Today it was the turn of the male and female kata teams and the female kumite team. Unfortunately the teams didn’t get the results they were hoping for with the Male Kata team winning their first round with a good performance but losing the second round to croatia. The female kata team lost the decision 3-2 on their opening round against Macedonia, unfortunately Macedonia failed to win the pool final and this left no chance for the female team to go through repechage.
The female kumite team won their opening round but then lost in the second round. Although the ladies did come back in via repechage it wasn’t to be their day on the mat and did not get the chance to go for the bronze medal.
The squad will be going to the stadium today and tomorrow to watch the finals.
On Monday Willie Thomas and Paul Newby will be taking Alton Brown, Jordan Thomas, Jamaal Otto, Carla Burkitt, Siobhan Hayes and Amelia Harvey to the Commemorative Gallipoli event which the Turkish Karate Federation are hosting. We wish the squad the very best of luck at this event and hope to give you an update on this.
Day 1 of Competition
Day one of competition didn’t exactly go to plan for either kata or kumite with most unfortunately going out in the early rounds. Amelia Harvey was the only athlete to reach reperchage but it just wasn’t to be England’s Day. On Friday the Female kumite team and both male and female kata teams take to the mats Full report will be available soon from the National coach’s.
Senior European Karate Championships – Turkey 2015
The Senior squad met early this morning at Heathrow T5 for the flight to the Senior European Championships in Turkey. A smooth check in and it wasn’t long before we boarded the plane. We arrived in Istanbul and were taken to our Hotel. The Squad had the afternoon to relax then met for dinner. The squad will be having training sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday in readiness for the Championships which start on Thursday.
This is the 50th Senior European Championships, and it is here, that the athletes will battle it out for a top 6 placing, in the hope of being selected to represent their Country for the First European Games which are being held in BAKU in June. Should be an interesting championships!