THE 10th WUKF EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS: A MILESTONE FOR KARATE WALES!

THE 10th WUKF EUROPEAN  CHAMPIONSHIPS: 
A MILESTONE FOR KARATE WALES!

Karate Wales can reflect on the 10th WUKF European Championships For All Ages, held in Malta from 24-27th October as a milestone.

From humble beginnings, being one of WUKF’s smaller federations with only a few top level competitors at their WUKF debut in 2012 to establishing Karate Wales, in Malta, as being among WUKF’s strongest nations, with a squad full of winners!

Finishing the Championships ranked eighth of fifty-five federations present and with a squad of forty-nine athletes, six coaches and our Chief Referee, amongst the almost two thousand total entries, Karate Wales earned their best ever tally of ten gold, four silver and eight bronze medals, which could have been an even more impressive tally, as there were many Welsh Karate athletes who shone, but were unable to clear the final hurdle to reach the podium.

Welsh Highlights were liberally sprinkled throughout the four days of competition from the smallest and youngest children, Jakob Bartush & Talia Efstathiou of Vale Karate and Lily Rosser & Jac Tucker of Akaizen through the 13-14 year-old mini-cadets Tia Lewis & Molly Salter (Akaizen) Sasha Hughes (Wattstown) and Ffion Gallagher (WKU) and cadets (15-17 years) Lauren Gallagher and Ffion Davies (WKU) Alysha Lee & Grace McIntosh (Vale Karate) Jacob Denham & Morgan Harvey (WKA) and Callum Lewis (Akaizen) to the adult Juniors (18-20) Sam Cana and Brandon Harvey and of course the seniors, Cain Francis (Talbot) Steffan Rees (Wattstown) and veterans, Barrie Rees (Wattstown) and Kay Powell (Akaizen)

Four of Wales’ Kumite teams found the podium; the female mini-cadets (13-14 years) and the senior men took gold medals, the men beating the current WUKF World Champions, Slovakia, in a hugely exciting final.

Wales’ first win in this, probably the toughest, most exciting and hotly contested event.

The squad will look to next June’s WUKF World Championships in Slovakia and October’s EUKF European’s in Denmark with excitement and confidence.

 

WUKF EUROPEAN CHAMPIONS

CAIN FRANCIS Men’s U75Kg Kumite

JAC TUCKER Boys 9 Years Kumite

JAKOB BARTUSH Boys U7 Kata

LAUREN GALLAGHER Female  Cadet Kumite

LILY ROSSER Girls 8 Years Kumite

SAM CANA Male Junior Kumite U85Kg

TALIA EFSTATHIOU Female 10 Years Kata

MENS TEAM SANBON KUMITE TEAM

FEMALE MINI-CADETS ROTATION KUMITE TEAM

TYLER FOSTER Ambulatory Kata

 

SILVER MEDALLISTS

JAKOB BARTUSH Boys U7 Kumite Silver

MAYZI LEE Girls 7 Years Kumite Silver

SAM CANA Male Junior Open Kumite Silver

FEMALE CADETS SANBON KUMITE TEAM Silver

 

BRONZE MEDALLISTS

ALYSHA LEE Female Cadet Kumite Bronze

ELLE-MAI LEE Girls 9 Years Kumite Bronze 

JACOB DENHAM Male Cadet Rengokai Kata Bronze

MADDISON VAUGHAN Girls 8 Years Kata Bronze

POPPY VAUGHAN Girls U7 Years Kumite Bronze

MALE CADET SANBON KUMITE TEAM Bronze

THOMAS LEWIS Boys 10 Years Kumite Bronze

TIA LEWIS Female Mini-Cadets Kumite Bronze 


 

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