Date Created: 2007-04-05 16:48:06
Slovenia - 27th May 2007 - Junior Championships
Twenty young karate students from the Dunfermline-based Japan Karate Association Scotland battled it out against competitors of some of the strongest European Karate nations in this year's astounding JKA European Championships which took place in Ljubljana, Slovenia, last weekend.
Over 400 competitors from European nations including England, Russia, Belarus, Croatia, Ukraine, Netherlands, Hungary, Bosnia, Poland, Serbia & Montenegro, Czech Republic, Scotland and the host nation, Slovenia, participated in categories such as Individual Kata and Kumite, and also Team Kata and Kumite.
The young students, ranging from age 9 to 18, were selected from a strong JKA Scottish Junior Squad, whose headquarters are based in Dunfermline and from where the students regularly train. They entered the competition with great determination and focus in their bid to become JKA European Champions. Their hard work and dedication certainly paid off as they returned to Scotland with 8 medals:
Ben Mitchell 3rd Place Team Kata - 11 yrs
Shannon Walker 3rd Place Girls Individual Kumite - 14 yrs
Lewis Scobie 3rd Place Boys Individual Kata - 16 yrs
Ryan Hoggan 3rd Place Boys Kumite Team - 15 yrs
The Squad were accompanied by their dedicated and hard working coaches and instructors. The vocal support in the crowd was loud and clear from family and friends who also accompanied the squad on the trip.