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Thank you to all the staff that attended this Championships Davin Pack, Paul Newby, Sensei Donovan OBE, John Gardiner, Mo Surdhar our Medical officer the 2 chaperones Tracy Easton and Debbie Sell and Finally to our HOD Paul Harris. Once again thank you to Blitz for sponsoring the squad it is very much appreciated. Congratulations to those that medaled at these championships Kieran Nunkoo, Aimee Sell and Mitchell Thorpe. The next big event for the Juniors will be the Junior World Championships which take place in Indonesia in November 2015.

Kata Summary – Zurich – Sensei Donovan OBE
After arriving in Switzerland on Tuesday after an easy flight but could not get into our rooms till 2 o’clock so after putting our cases in storage for a couple of hours, the HOD Paul Harris had all the competitors introduce themselves as it was a big Squad.

The HOD managed to get a conference room in the main Hotel as it had been difficult to get a training venue.

The first day of the Championships started with Kata first and it began with the Cadet category 14-15 years. Luke Easton was up first but lost 4-1 against Slovakia in his opening round, Luke had another chance in repecharge but a split in the referees vote of 3-2 put the Ukrainian through.
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Next was the female cadet event which saw Michaela Webber have a bye in the first round then in the 2nd round she faced Russia winning 5-0, unfortunately Michaela then lost the 3rd round to Spain 5-0 but there was no repechage

Next was the Junior Category 16-17 years, starting with Alice Hylton, Alice lost to Germany in a close match 3-2, the German then lost so again no repecharge. Kieran Nunkoo then took to the mat winning against Denmark 5-0 in his first round, then 4-1 against Belarus, he then went on to meet the home nation favourite from Switzerland and in a split decision Kieran Won 3-2. This took Kieran into the Semi finals where he faced Serbia where he narrowly took the win 3-2 to gain a place in the final against Turkey. Unfortunately for Kieran his Turkish opponent proved too strong with Kieran losing 4-1 but, winning the squads first medal – SILVER.

Finally it was the turn of the U21 participants with Navin Patel representing in this event. Navin won 3-2 against Montenegro and then won his second round 5-0 against Romania. In the 3rd round Navin’s opponent was from Croatia a 3-2 split in the flags denied Navin of participating further.

Lastly the female U21 event began with Aimee Sell taking part in her 5th Junior Europeans. Aimee won her first round convincingly against Denmark 5-0, Aimees 2nd round was against Ukraine where she won 4-1, Aimee then lost in a split decision to Slovakia 3-2. As the Slovakian went through to the final Aimee was now in the repechage rounds where she had to face Sweden and won 3-2 to take her to the Bronze medal round. Aimee then faced her Turkish opponent to win 3-2 and take England’s second medal for the team - BRONZE

I would like to thank John Gardiner acting as an assistant Coach as at one time we had 3 people on the mat at the same time.

I predicted we would get 2 medals and maybe with a good draw 4 medals, the two we got I only wish they could have been gold.

The 2nd day of the championships we had Team Kata and I must say the male and female draw was not ideal.

First the male kata team lost to France 5-0, then France beat Spain 3-2 then lost to Turkey 3-2 so no repecharge.

The female team lost to Spain 5-0 in their opening round but Spain then went on to beat Turkey and France bringing the team back in the Repêchage but lost to Turkey in their opening repecharge round.

Day 6
Unfortunately no medals today from the kata teams or individual kumite but some good performances, for many this was their first time at a Junior Euro Championships and they can build on what they have seen and done. Sam Day placed highest today just missing out on the Bronze medal to place 5th at his first championships. The squad stayed to watch the opening ceremony and of course the finals of the junior individual kumite and junior Kata. Tomorrow is the final day of competition with our 18-20 year old athletes taking to the mat. Good luck everyone.
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Day 5
Sam day – male Jnr -55kg
Lost first round 0-9 to the eventual win from Turkey , grabbed his second chance with both hands in repechage winning the first round 3-0 to Macedonia , next beating Russia 2-0 only to lose for bronze against Slovakia, showed great sprit unlucky to just miss out on the bronze !

Alex Jones- male Jnr -61kg
Won first round 3-0 against Norway , lost 2nd round 0-1 to Macedonia

Ryan Luke – male Jnr -68kg
Won his 1st round 2-0 against Norway , got beat next round 0-2 by Holland, who got to the final And pulled Ryan back in . He lost 1st round of rep 2-3 to Croatia

Terry brigdale- male Jnr -76kg
Won his 1st round after his opponent from Greece could carry on and live with his strength and power .Wasn’t quite enough to take him though the 2nd round

Bruce Luke – male Jnr +76kg
Lost 1st round 0-3 to France fought well but just off the mark

Katie dalzell – female Jnr -48kg
Lost 1st round to kos nerves got the better of her , didn’t preform to her potential!

Fran hardcastle – female Jnr -53kg
Won his first round 2-0 against Iceland but lost the 2nd to Bosnia and Herzegovina 0-1 . Who made it to final ! But unfortunately lose in repechage 0-3 to Switzerland

Nikkisha Bailey-female Jnr -59kg
Won 1st very comfortable 8-0 against Wales , was winning 2nd round until a lapse of concentration got scored on with a head kick losing 2-3 to Macedonia!

Danielle kirby – female Jnr +59kg
wining her 1st round 4-2 against Russia, but losing 2nd round 0-4 to Holland first time at Europeans good performance!

Amelia Harvey – female U21-68kg
A close match just losing to the semi-finalist 3-4 from Switzerland , well prepared but a disappointing result !

Alfie Powell – male U21 -60kg
The youngest person in all the u21 division, just turning 18 on the Friday before , showed nerves at the start of the fight losing 2-4 to Azerbaijan!

Perry mayers -male U21 -67kg
Losing 0-7 to Azerbaijan 1st round showed his inexperience in international competition, he knows the work that has to be done !

Joe kellaway – male U21 -75kg
A good win in the 1st round against Ukraine, but losing 2nd in a close fight 6-7 to Bosnia and Herzegovina who ended up with the bronze medal!

Jamaal otto – U21 -84kg
Drawing his first round fight after time but losing 0-5 on flags against Portugal, Who then went on to win bronze medal !

    Kumite round up on first day of competition. – D Pack

Clayton Johnson – male cadet -52kg
Lose first round 0-1 to Germany
His first time out representative of the EKF national squad , shows great penitential in the future if he takes away his experience from these championships and works hard !

Georgina Lawson – female cadet -54kg
Won first round 5-3 against Poland shows great sprint and determination to come back from behind 2nd round lost to Ukraine 3-6 was drawing until got hit kick on the bell was in control up until that point !

Jordan Clarkson -female cadet+54kg
Won her first round after going behind from a head kick 5-3 pulled it back with single techniques to win the match Next round she faced Greece who was a great deal larger in size so struggled to score a point and ended losing the fight 0-1

Mitchell Thorpe – cadet -63kg
By far the most outstanding performance of the day losing in the final to Turkey.
Having five rounds to get to the final smashing Azerbaijan 9-1 in the first round. Next was Scotland who he took out 3-1 followed by beating Ireland 4-1. Next was Russia but, he had control of every part , picking him off at will for a 8-1 win
Semi- final was a hard match against a tough opponent from France, a close contest with Mitchell winning 4-2 who all ways looked in control !
Hope the rest of the squad take this performance as the benchmark It can be done if you believe!!!!

Day 4 – First Day of competition

What a great way to start a championships with the squad winning 2 silvers and a bronze. First medal of the day a Bronze was won by Aimee Sell U21 Kata who has medalled at all age groups in the Junior Europeans. This was followed with Kieran Nunkoo gaining a place in the final of the 16-17 yrs kata against Turkey and winning a superb silver. Lastly was Mitchell Thorpe a bronze medal winner from Portugal 2014 went one further to win a silver kumite medal in the -63kgs. A promising start to an exciting championships – coach’s full reports to follow

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Day 3

After breakfast the squad walked to the HQ hotel to catch the coach to the main training area. They shared the venue with the team from Azerbaijan for 2 hours. This was the last session before the competition so it was a very light session for both kata and kumite. The HOD went to registration and checked that everyone was in the correct events, collected the squads cards and all was done by 9.30am

The rest of the day was the squads own time and in the evening everyone ate once again at the hotel. All the preparation is now over and the squad are ready to take on the best in Europe with all the individual kata events Senior, Junior and cadet starting the competition in the morning followed by the Cadet kumite. Good Luck everyone.

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Day 2

The squad had an early start, meeting for breakfast at 7am. 2 sessions were arranged for the squad, one in the morning, which was a very light session, then after stocking up on further supplies the afternoon session started at 3pm. The squad had a different venue to train in during the afternoon which was at the HQ hotel which is fortunately, only a 2 minute walk from our hotel. Again the coach’s kept the sessions light over the 2 hours. Other teams have been arriving during the day and we have the Czech, Belgium, Welsh and Spanish national teams staying with us. Tomorrow is registration day and whilst the Head of Delegation registers the athletes at the HQ hotel the coach’s are taking the squad for their final preparation. The squad is in a buoyant mood and are eager to start the competition.

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Junior European Championships Zurich, Switzerland 2015

Day 1

Everyone arrived at Heathrow T5 on time for the early flight to Zurich.  After a relatively short flight we headed to our hotel which is located in the Business Park, where the Head of Delegation, Paul Harris spoke briefly to the squad regarding the usual protocols.  While waiting for the rooms to be  made ready the squad then walked to the nearest shopping center to stock up on supplies for the next day.  Once back at the hotel after checking in it was arranged for the squad to do some light training with their respective coach’s which lasted 1.5hrs.  After this, the squad had their evening meal together at the hotel.  Although very cold and snowy in Zurich the squad seem very happy and relaxed.  Tomorrow they will spend some time training, again keeping it light but focused in readiness for the first day of competition on Friday.  The Swiss are hoping to bring the event to everyone via live stream copy the  link for live stream into browser http://karate2015.eu/en/watch-the-live-stream/

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