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NI medal success for Ventures II

The Ventures II medal winners at the NI Championships

The Ventures II medal winners at the NI Championships

Ventures II travelled to Queens PE Centre in Belfast for the annual Karate Northern Ireland competition.

There they joined 550 other competitors for this very prestigious event.

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As always the team were accompanied by a large group of family and supporters and they didn’t disappoint.

Performances from all members on the mats in the Kata events laid out the hard work and hours of training and displayed the excellence that has been achieved.

Mixing it up with other clubs from different styles Ventures competitors came away with several medals.

Sorcha McDaid claimed gold and Jodie Brennan took silver in their category after progressing through three rounds.

Stepping back on the mats was defending champion Calum Lynch. Calum was up against champions from other associations and competitors from all levels.

Cool and focused Calum set out his stall with a black belt kata and set the high standard that saw him claim gold to keep his NI Championship  crown.

After lunch the kumite got off to a flying start. Again all Ventures II competitors fought well as they took on the best from other associations.

First to hit the medal podium was Conal Donnelly in a hard fought section. After four rounds Conal advanced to the final but after a tight fought final he lost out on a gold medal by just one point.

Conal’s display and spirit marked him out him out as a top contender and earned the respect of everyone at the competition.

Ross Henderson took part in a very large section and also went through four rounds before losing out due to a knee injury. Ross took a well-earned third place in the competition and gained massive applause when aided off the mats with his injury.

Brother Ryan was also on top form and just missed out on a medal position after a very inspired fight with a world class competitor in Finn Cole.

In the team Kumite, Conal Donnelly, Corey Cairns and Jake Boggs took to the mats to fight it out with six other kadet teams.

As is always expected in this competition it was a show of skill, excellence and first class karate.

Ventures II reached the final and fought off a very determined and skilful team from the UKF to come out on top as KNI champions 2017.


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