Strabane Shotokan success in Denmark

Jordan Harrigan, Sensei Simon O’Dowd, Gerri Friel, and Sharah McGarrigle.

Jordan Harrigan, Sensei Simon O’Dowd, Gerri Friel, and Sharah McGarrigle.

Three members of Strabane Shotokan Karate Club accompanied by their coach travelled to Copenhagen , Denmark to compete in the prestigious Ishoj Cup.

Sharah McGarrigle competed in the ladies cadet category and made it through to the last 16 before losing out to the eventual bronze medal winner from Finland.


Geri Friel continued where she left off last year by securing a bronze medal in the ladies -68kg category.

Highlight of the day however was Jordan Harrigan’s impressive victory in the men’s -21 years – 67kg category.

The final was streamed live on the internet so family and friends back home were able to follow the action as it happened.

Coach Simon O’Dowd said of the performance, “To travel away from home and beat people on their home turf is never easy. We are beginning to see the fruits of the past years training. This was Jordan’s most mature and solid victory.”

2016 already looks like being another busy year for the club, with tournaments already scheduled in Sweden, France, Germany the UK.


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