Congratulations to five of our Chelmsford stars - Emma Burke, Mia Hillsden, Jamie Lottering, Megan Naylor-Jones and Jessica Steadman that were selected for the KUGB England Squad last weekend.
As soon as the New Year festivities the five were back into training to make sure they were both mentally and physically ready for selection. Last weekend, the five traveled to Liverpool to compete for places on the squad alongside athletes from all over England.
The first day was for Kata Squad and was held at the world famous Liverpool Red Triangle Dojo. Chelmsford had four going for the Squad under the watchful eye of KUGB England Coach Sensei Andy Sherry (9th Dan). Places were fiercely contested and all four were selected with Mia Hillsden, Jamie Lottering and Megan Naylor-Jones being selected for successive years and Jessica Steadman gaining selection onto the Squad for the first time.
Photo: Chelmsford's England Kata Squad Members with Sensei Sherry at the Red Triangle Dojo, Liverpool.
The next day was for the Kumite Squad under the watchful eyes of both Sensei Sherry and Sensei Frank Brennan (8th Dan) where we had Mia Hillsden testing for the Junior Kumite Squad and Emma Burke for the Senior Squad. Both Mia and Emma demonstrated the skill level and attitude required to gain selection for these Squads for 2017.
Photo: Mia Hillsden was selected for both KUGB England Kata and Kumite Squads for 2017
Photo: Emma Burke was selected for the Senior Kumite Squad for a third successive year
Both Sensei Jane and Richard Naylor-Jones traveled to Liverpool to support the five athletes. Sensei Jane, herself a former member of both the KUGB British and England Team, said "I am very pleased that all five who attended were selected to join this elite Squad. They have all been working extremely hard in recent months and this, along with the dedication and commitment to their training over the years, has helped them reach this high standard. All five will compete in two Grand Slams (England, Ireland, N. Ireland, Scotland and Wales) this year. The first Grand Slam will be at the end of February and we are looking forward to supporting them. They will also have the opportunity now to push for selection to compete at both the World (Italy) and European Championships (Portugal) later this year."
Congratulations from everyone at Chelmsford Karate Club.