The Aileach Community Centre was the venue for the 10th UKF International Invitation event which comprised teams from England, Scotland, Romania as well as numerous entries from all over Ireland.
The standard of competition was extremely high with many competitors no stranger to World and European stages. The North West Shotokan team was comprised of Laura Browne, James Burke, Rebecca Burke, Faragh Campbell, Rachel Carlin, Stephen John Carlin, Oran Doherty, Hollie Gallagher, Lucas McColgan, Christian O’Brien-Irwin, Eathan O’Donnell, Sloan O’Donnell and Caitlin Sweeney.
The day got off to a great start with numerous medals being won in the Individual Kata events. There was silver for Oran and Lucas and gold winning performances from Rebecca, Rachel, Hollie and Caitlin.
The senior team kata event brought more success with Laura, James and Rebecca winning bronze and the experienced team of Eathan Sloan and StephenJohn topping the group with an impressive display to win gold.
Individual Kumite gave the North West’s competitors the chance to go toe to toe with some top class opposition which only served to make them raise their game, fighting hard and smart for every point in an effort to not only win a medal but also to improve their performances.
Stephen John and Oran won bronze followed by Laura and Sloan who also won bronze in both Ippon and Sanbon Kumite events. Laura added to her tally by winning silver in the Junior Sanbon. She was also selected to fight on the Senior Female International Rotation Kumite team alongside Iula Dodoc from Romania and Jade Blair from Scotland and in a very exciting final they defeated the team from Karate Sport England.
This gold brought Laura’s personal medal tally to an impressive one gold, one silver and three bronze.
James and Rebecca also won silver in their respective individual fighting categories. Hollie and Faragh fought through the rounds to meet in the final where Faragh won the gold on this occasion and Hollie claimed silver to add to the Gold she had won earlier in the Kata.
The girls teamed up with Rebecca where they dug deep and fought exceptionally well to win gold in the cadet female team kumite event.
The younger club competitors Rachel and Caitlin fought extremely well to win gold in their respective categories and silver in the team event.
Oran and Christian won bronze in their team event while Stephen John’s Male Cadet Team won gold.
The final event of the day saw Sloan O’Donnell, and James Burke team up with Gerard McAnulty and Dean Barron to win a thrilling Senior Male Team Kumite event, defeating the highly ranked team from Karate Sport England.
NWSKC members brought home a staggering thirty-six medals, consisting of seventeen gold, eight silver and eleven bronze from this event.