Karate Wales success at the WUKF World Karate Championships 2016

Karate Wales success at the WUKF World Karate Championships

A squad of 48 athletes travelled to Dublin to represent Karate Wales at the 6th World Union of Karate Federations World Championships, held from the 17th to 19th of June. It was a huge event with over 2250 athletes competing from 76 Federations world wide.

Welsh athletes would compete over the full spectrum of events in both kata and kumite and as both individuals and as teams. For the first time at a WUKF World Championships the squad contained athletes who would compete in the Adaptive Category for athletes with disabilities, and what success they had bringing back a total of 4 Gold medals, 5 Silver and 5 Bronze!

In the Adaptive Category Tyler Foster from Merthyr gave an outstanding performance in the Male Kata over 15 years ambulatory division to take the Gold medal and become World Champion. Ably supported by Bradley James and Leon Jones winning Silver medals and Lucas Widdrington a Bronze put Karate Wales at the top of the medal table in this category with a total of 4. A superb result for our first time in this category at World level.

In the Veterans Female Kata Kay Powell, also of Merthyr, finally took the World Gold that her decades of training deserved. Having come close many times over her numerous years of international competition she finally became World Champion with a masterful individual performance.

Josh Davies of Swansea in the individual Wado Ryu kata for 13 to 14 years also produced a Gold winning performance to win this division and become Karate Wales third World Champion.

The fourth Gold medal was won by Chiara Baker, Aaliyah Wiley, Sasha Hughes and Sumaya Evans who gave an energetic and spirited performance to win the Female Shobu Sanbon Rotation team division for 11 to 12 years. Every team member played their part, both on the mat and by encouraging their team mates, to become World Champions.

Karate Wales other three silver medals were won by:

Jacob Denham – Wado Ryu kata male 13 to 14 years green to black belt

Lauren Gallagher – Shobu Sanbon kumite female 15 to 17 years all belts

Sam Cana – Shobu Sanbon kumite male 15 to 17 years all belts

Bronze medals were also won by:

Josh Dodwell – Shobu Sanbon kumite male 18 to 20 years all belts

Leah Copeland – Shobu Sanbon Seniors female 21 to 35 years 55-60kg

Rahine Karunanithy – Shobu Sanbon kumite Seniors female 21 to 35 years 55-60kg

Leah Copeland, Amy Davies, Katie Rees and Rahine  Karunanithy Shobu Sanbon kumite Seniors female team rotation 21-35 years.

Praise must also be given to the team of coaches that accompanied the squad. The event turned into an endurance marathon with twice the number of athletes competing than was originally anticipated by the organisers. This led to 12 to 15 hour days of competition and a logistical headache to ensure each athlete made it to their area in time for their event.

Despite this, at the end of three long days, Karate Wales was proud to emerge with four Gold medals and seven new World Champions as well as a host of other medallists. Allied to previous World, European, British and Welsh Champions within the squad, the Karate Wales Governing Body continues to go from strength to strength.

Female Rotation Team 11-12 Years World Champion

Josh Davies World Champion

Kay Powell World Champion

 Tyle Foster World Champion



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