More World Champions for Karate Wales at the 8th WUKF World Championships

More World Champions for Karate Wales at the 8th WUKF World Championships

Karate Wales recently sent a squad of 38 athletes, along with coaches and referees, to compete in the 8th WUKF World Championships held in Bratislava, Slovakia. The tournament was held from the 20th to 23rd of June and also incorporated the 1st WUKF World Kobudo Championships. This made it one of the largest events that WUKF have hosted with roughly 2600 competitors taking part. With that many competitors it was a case of early starts and late nights. Despite this, and also battling brand new slippery mats, our squad stood up to the challenge and powered through to success.

Karate Wales entered in 71 categories at the tournament bringing home 17 medals, including 7 gold. Karate Wales proudly finished 14th in the medal table out of 83 countries, another fantastic achievement for our squad.

As always, a huge thanks goes to our team of coaches for their administration, support and advice during the championships. Karate Wales head coach David Godfrey, Tubbo, Hugh Gallagher, Andrew Tanaka Lewis and Barrie Rees made sure that no competitor was left on their own whilst on the mat and ran around the stadium more than the competitors! They were there first each morning and stayed until the last competitor finished each night, I’m sure all our athletes are grateful for all their efforts.

Our team of referees; Andrew Jones, Doru Grad and Tak Chan represented Karate Wales with distinction, again having early starts and long days. Well done all.

The Karate Wales equivalent of the Barmy Army, the travelling parents and supporters, maintained our ranking as the loudest team with their frequent renditions of Oggy! Oggy! Oggy!

So as another World Championships finishes, Karate Wales can reflect on some of our established athletes adding more World medals to their tally, cementing their place amongst the elite of WUKF athletes. Also, some new young talent coming into the spotlight which bodes well for the future. And several athletes competing at this level of competition for the first time who will take away some valuable experience.

Congratulations goes to the whole squad who I’m sure will have already turned their eyes towards the upcoming WUKF European Championships

in Denmark in October and we wish them all the best.

Full results:

Gold medallists:

Jacob DenhamWado kata 16-17 years

Sophia Poolekumite 7 years open weight 

Theo Poole kumite 10 years over 145cm

Morgan Harveykumite 14-15 years 65-75kg

Sasha Hugheskumite 14-15 years open weight

Lauren Gallagherkumite 18-20 years under 55kg

Gareth Rowekumite 51-60 years open weight

Silver medallists:

Owen Roekata all-styles brown-black belt 8 years

Lauren Gallagherkumite 18-20 years open weight

Connor Wills/Jac Tucker/Theo Poole kumite team boys under 11 years

Bronze medallists:

Corey Joneskata all-styles green-purple belt under 7 years

Poppy Vaughankumite 7 years open weight

Maddison Loveridgekumite 13 years over 60kg

Ffion Davieskumite 14-15 years open weight

Callum Lewiskumite 16-17 years 55-65 kg

Jacob Denhamkumite 16-17 years open weight

Cain Franciskumite senior men open weight





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