‘Dokan squad’ return with karate championships medal haul

MEDAL HAUL ... Boldon's Dokan squad in Glasgow.
MEDAL HAUL ... Boldon's Dokan squad in Glasgow.
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HARD-hitting youngsters from South Tyneside staged a cross-border raid to come out on top in a major karate tournament.

The Dokan Club, based in Boldon, came back from the British International Championships in Glasgow with 10 gold medals, three silver and 16 bronze medals.

Those 27 medals came from a squad of just 17 competitors who travelled north.

The medal haul followed the club’s nine gold medal haul at the recent East Yorkshire Open Championship in Hull.

Chief instructor Kevan Mitchinson said he was more than happy with the medal haul considering they only decided to take part in the tournament three weeks before. The medals were contested by 1,200 competitors in both kumite (fighting) and 300 kata (set routines).

Mr Mitchinson said: “Entering the competition was a bit of a rush job, to get it all organised, but I’m more than happy with the medal haul from a squad of 17.

“We now have even more champions to add to our list this year and I was particularly pleased with the way they all performed.

“Newcomers’ titles are Katie Hunnam, Olivia Fellows, Alex Steadman, Rebecca Bradburn and Thomas Chatterje. Other gold medal winners who already hold titles are Eve Palmer and Lola Cassidy.”

He added: “I was proud of the attitude, etiquette and bravery of all our students and they all performed at their very best throughout the day.

“They all work very hard in training and they are reaping the rewards.”

The Dokan club has more than 150 youngsters training in Boldon, Whitburn and Sunderland.

It is opening a new training group at Whitburn Parish hall on Mondays from 5pm until 6pm which is aimed at newcomers and youngsters.

It starts on Monday.

For details about the club and training times, call Mr Mitchinson on 0793 913 0411, or go to www.dokan.co.uk