Karate kids strike gold again at national championships

MEDAL HAUL ... Sadie Stoner, centre, with her gold medal and team-mates Eleishe Mitchinson, Holly Stoner, Simone Stewart, Hannah Nicholson, Alex Steadman, Milly Pomfret, Rebecca Bradburn, Megan Purvis and Tammy Proctor.
MEDAL HAUL ... Sadie Stoner, centre, with her gold medal and team-mates Eleishe Mitchinson, Holly Stoner, Simone Stewart, Hannah Nicholson, Alex Steadman, Milly Pomfret, Rebecca Bradburn, Megan Purvis and Tammy Proctor.
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YOUNGSTERS from Boldon’s Dokan Karate Club proved a big hit at the martial art’s latest national championships.

Despite entering a smaller than usual number of contenders for this year’s English Karate Federation event in Sheffield, its 10 female students, aged 12 to 16, won one gold, five silver and eight bronze medals between them.

We took 10 students and won one gold, five silver and eight bronze medals. That’s a fantastic tally from so few students, especially considering nine of the girls were in the same age group.

Kevan Mitchinson, chief instructor

The club’s newest national champion is Sadie Stoner. She took gold in the individual kata (set routine) class for girls aged 12 to 13.

Sadie now has her sights set on winning a place in the England karate squad, along with her elder sister Holly, 16, a silver medal-winner in her kata event.

Chief instructor Kevan Mitchinson was more than happy with his party’s medal haul.

He said: “We took a very small squad to Sheffield because there were no under-12 age group competition this year.

“We took 10 students and won one gold, five silver and eight bronze medals.

“That’s a fantastic tally from so few students, especially considering nine of the girls were in the same age group.”

“I’m more than happy with the medal haul, and I was pleased with the way they all performed.”

For more information on the club ring 0793 9130411, go to www.dokan.co.uk or e-mail k-mitch@live.co.uk