On Saturday 12th September, members of Chelmsford SKC entered the Karate Union of Great Britain's 40th Shotokan Cup in Chesterfield.
The Chelmsford Squad members competing were: Eric Austin-Coskry, Emma Burke, Andy Crozier, Jack and Mia Hillsden Lisa Ironman, Jamie Lottering, Megan Naylor-Jones, Pamela Pickwick, Romilly and Teah Pope and Graham Skarott. In addition, we had Sensei Richard Naylor-Jones and Lee McLeod Coaching, Richard Kheder Refereeing, Wayne Lottering, Judging plus a large group of supporters in the stands to cheer our athletes on.
This annual competition has individual entries (no teams) and is open to Black and Brown Belts only. As usual there were a large number of entrants from England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Eire. This included all the competitors who had been recently selected for the WSKA World Championships to be held at the end of the month in Poland.
Throughout the eliminations there were some outstanding performances by our competitors against some fierce opposition. Many got through to the Quarter finals and Semi finals in their Category only to narrowly miss out to more experienced Competitors.
For Chelmsford there were two people who particularly stood out. Mia Hillsden gained a bronze in the Girls Kata.
Photo: Mia Hillsden with her Bronze Medal in Kata
Whilst Jack Hillsden took fourth in the Kata and Joint third in the Junior male Kumite (18-20).
Photo: Jack Hillsden (far right) with his medal for Kata
Photo: Jack Hillsden with his Bronze medal for Kumite
Jack was performance on the day was outstanding however he had to withdraw due to injury in both events so did not have the chance to go further. Well done to both of you!
Furthermore, Jack Somers (Ipswich Higashi) who continues to train regularly with Chelmsford (since age 9) won gold Male Senior Kata and was also presented with the Shotokan Cup by Sensei Andy Sherry (9th Dan).
Photo: Sensei Andy Sherry presenting Jack Somers with the Shotokan Cup for being the most outstanding Kata Competitor at the Championship.
Sensei Richard was very pleased with everyone’s performance and would like to say a special well done to all those who attended from Chelmsford SKC, both competitors and our supporters.