Sunderland karate kids strike Euro gold

Riley Rogerson, centre, with his medal.Riley Rogerson, centre, with his medal.
Riley Rogerson, centre, with his medal.
Youngsters from a karate club in Sunderland have returned home from the European Championships laden with medals.

A dozen members of the The Dokan Karate Club travelled to Florence for the WUKF European Championships – returning with four gold, three silver and eight bronze medals between them.

Dokan chief instructor, Kevan Mitchinson, said: “The whole squad were great, and we are already looking ahead to next year when the World Championships are being held in Dundee.

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“This will be a fantastic focus point and goal for the whole club, especially after these results at European level.”

Laila Hunnam flies the flag.Laila Hunnam flies the flag.
Laila Hunnam flies the flag.

He added: “This was a major with 1,800 competitors from 21 countries and, for a small club like ours, it was a great result.

“For everyone who made the trip, it was truly memorable.”

The gold medal winners were Eleisha Mitchinson, Elle Smith and Emma Snaith in the under-20 female team kata (set movement) and eight-year-old Charley Forster, who beat off competition from over 30 other competitors in her age group kata section.

Charley took up karate a year ago.

The Dokan squad with their medals from Italy.The Dokan squad with their medals from Italy.
The Dokan squad with their medals from Italy.

Mr Mitchinson added: “All three senior girls have been performing at a high level for a number of years and really did deserve this victory.

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“Charley winning gold after less than a year in the sport shows that the right training and dedication, can take you a long way.”

The Dokan Karate Association runs classes – for all age groups and levels – at Whitburn Parish Hall, All Saints Church, Cleadon and Redhouse Community Centre, in Sunderland.

For more information, go to, call 07939 130411 or email [email protected]

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