Karate kid Lola’s a double golden girl

Lola Cassidy, aged eight, from East Boldon, member of Dokan Karate club, Sunderland.
Lola Cassidy, aged eight, from East Boldon, member of Dokan Karate club, Sunderland.
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KARATE kid Lola Cassidy was a big hit at her first national championships.

The eight-year-old, from the Dokan Karate Club in Boldon, won two gold and two bronze medals at the English National Kyu Grade Championship in Sheffield.

Lola Cassidy, 8, left, sparring with Grace King, 8, at the Dokan Karate club, Sunderland.

Lola Cassidy, 8, left, sparring with Grace King, 8, at the Dokan Karate club, Sunderland.

Lola, of Front Street, East Boldon, won gold in the individual kumati (freestyle fighting) and kata (formal exercise) disciplines.

She also picked up bronze medals in the team events.

Dokan Karate Club chief instructor Kevan Mitchinson said: “The entire team did well. We took 15 students to Sheffield and came back with six gold, five silver and 10 bronze medals.

“Lola did particularly well. Normally a student will excel at one or other of the disciplines. To win at both is exceptional.”

Lola, a pupil at East Boldon Junior School, won her titles in the under-nine age group.

A green belt, she started karate 17 months ago and trains between six and nine hours a week.

She said: “I’ve won things before but these were my first national golds.”

Mr Mitchinson said: “There were more than 800 youngsters between the ages of seven and 14 entered in the various categories.

“Twenty-one medals is an impressive haul.”

The club donated £650 raised from a charity competition to St Benedict’s Hospice.

In total, £1,400 was raised from the event at Castle View Centre, Sunderland, last month.

As well as the donation to St Benedict’s, £250 also went to Macmillan Nurses, with the remainder to other local charities.

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

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