VENTURES 11 travelled to the annual international karate competition in Burnfoot on Saturday.
With hundreds of competitors at the venue it was set to be a tough battle, especially for the several new members who were eager to put weeks of hard work and dedication to the test.
Juniors mixed it up with clubs from all around Ireland as well as a few from foreign shores. Nerves and inexperience played their part in some cases but all those who took part in their first ever tournament did the club proud in their attitude and commitment.
Shinning light for the juniors was little Chloe McDaid. Taking part in the junior ninjas event, Chloe won her first fight and secured herself a bronze, only narrowly missing out in a place in the final in her second bout.
Also, young Justin Neely managed to impress and came away with a gold!
Cadets and seniors were also put to the test as they took on the best from other clubs in their endeavours to secure a medal.
Calum Lynch struck gold first on his return to competition. He battled through a 12-strong list to secure his gold following a comfortable, yet hard-fought victory.
Conor Healey secured a place on the number one spot with an outstanding display in kata; Ryan Campbell took a very impressive third in the senior men’s Kata in a section that was judged very closely, and Nikyla Love took an outstanding silver medal in the senior female kata.
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