Recently the North West Shotokan Karate Club traveled as part of the Irish National Karate Federation to Malta for the 10th WUKF European Championship, which runs from October 25 to 28 2018. This is a fantastic place for prestigious events to host thousands of athletes. from 49 European Federations.
At the junior level, Lucas McColgan and Zara Thompson are the youngest competitors in this squad, and they don't disappoint. Lucas did what he did best and displayed grit and determination to fight in several rounds and reach the bronze medal in the semi-finals. Zara executed his words so beautifully that it was not surprising when he was awarded a silver medal for his appearance on the mat. Zara also competed in the Irish 11th kumite rotation team and claimed a bronze medal.
Two better junior sportsmen, Joshua Thompson and Rachel Carlin also fought tremendously for their country in this championship. Joshua had an amazing experience but unfortunately was released by the final category winner. Rachael uses a big focus and progresses to the quarter-finals in Kumite and the final in Kata which is a brilliant personal achievement.
At the cadet level, Lucy Casey, Emma Ellis, and Hollie Gallagher excelled during the team event, and have learned valuable lessons for progress. The three girls are tough together, each bringing different skills to their team, so it's not surprising when they lifted two bronze medals for Ireland. At this level, it's great to see that our small club has produced the talent and skills needed to compete comfortably with some of the best in Europe. It is not surprising that when these girls are in their individual categories, they compete comfortably not only to score against some tough competitors but to win over them.
At senior male James Burke had a cracking competition featuring exceptional skill and precision to reach the final on Sunday, and claimed a total of three bronze medals, two for the team and the third in the coveted individual junior category. Stephen John Carlin is also no stranger to the level of competition and this final day will not be the same without him on the mat. As usual, he made the club proud and took home silver in their respective junior weight categories and three bronze medals. Our steadfast coach Ethan O’Donnell again honored us at the senior level by winning two bronze medals.
There was no pressure at all, when it came to senior women, Laura Browne, Rebecca Burke and Elaine Dullaghan as they competed on the Sanbon Ireland team to secure another European bronze club. These experienced women are always ready to compete which is reflected in their respective events. Laura Browne has an amazing contest getting a place in the semi-finals from the 60-65kg category securing bronze for herself. Rebecca Burke specializes in Kata, an event that she respects so much, so much that N.K.F.I chose her as the only senior woman who did the word in this junior category, and was very happy to witness her progress through the rounds. Elaine Dullaghan has a responsibility as a team coach and competitor who is quite challenging in any competition, no matter the quality. When he came to his own event, he struggled to win his fight against a very strong Italian in the quarter-finals but almost lost the chance of a medal in the next round.
Anyone who is part of the club will know the commitment and encouragement needed to secure development, so a few words of thanks must be extended to a number of valuable team members. It's not easy to bring a coat for everyone and the fact that Ethan O & # 39; Donnell and Elaine Dullaghan have lowered their own personal ambitions to train our young competitors, and sharing their knowledge has not escaped attention. We also acknowledge the extraordinary work offered by Ciara Dullaghan and Sloan O’Donnell as trainers and although work commitments make them not traveling with us we are now looking forward to welcoming them in the future. We are not just a team, we are family and Mandy McNulty is the glue that holds us back, he must be praised for all the hard work and self-sacrifice he takes on our behalf, and we are very proud to see him being a referee at events that
This can be a lonely place sometimes when you travel abroad for this scale competition which is dominated by strong countries like Romania, Italy and Slovakia. Among these colors, you will catch a glimmer of green for Ireland and hear the singing of our loyal supporters. Thank you very much to all parents traveling with the squad at each event, your support is important to us. We look forward to the season ahead of us and are happy with the results achieved by our current squad.