Karate kid fights her way to gold medal victory

Young Karate Champion Eleisha Jane Mitchinson 9,  shows off her four medals during a session at RedHouse community Centre, Sunderland
Young Karate Champion Eleisha Jane Mitchinson 9, shows off her four medals during a session at RedHouse community Centre, Sunderland
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LITTLE Eleisha Mitchinson packs quite a punch.

In fact, the nine-year-old has high-kicked her way to being the best in the country.

Eleisha brought home an impressive three gold medals from the English National Karate Championships in Sheffield, one of which was won in an individual competition, making her the best in the UK.

It seems a love for the sport runs in the Mitchinson family as Eleisha is coached by her dad, Kevan, who said he was “very proud” of her success.

Eleisha’s medals formed part of a remarkable haul by her club, Dokan, whose 20 students landed 34 medals, including six golds.

The East Boldon Primary School pupil got into karate four and a half years ago and has been competing for the last 12 months.

Kevan says his daughter is obsessed with the discipline and has never missed a lesson.

“She practices for 12 hours a week, every day except Sunday,” he said. “Her whole life revolves around it, she’s addicted.

“You’ve got to be the best of the best to compete in this competition and if you win gold you can call yourself the best in the country. I’m very proud.”

Two of Eleisha’s gold medals came in team events, with the help of Megan Purvis, from Downhill and Chloe Million, from Town End Farm, both also aged nine.

The Dokan club meets at Red House Community Centre and Bunny Hill Centre every week.

For details on joining, contact Kevan Mitchinson on 07939 130411