Congratulations to six of our Chelmsford stars - Eric Austin-Coskry, Emma Burke, Mia Hillsden, Jamie Lottering, Megan Naylor-Jones and Teah Pope who were all selected onto the Karate Union of Great Britain's (KUGB) England Squad for 2016 in January.
January was a challenging month for six of our Chelmsford members as they prepared themselves for selection onto the KUGB England Squad. With the festivities over, all six were back in the Dojo early January working hard to ensure they met the high standards expected to be a member of such an elite squad.
Squad Selections were held over two weekends where our six candidates, alongside Karate athletes from all over England, traveled to the world famous Liverpool Red Triangle in the hope of being selected. They were all under no illusion on the high standard expected as KUGB England has had tremendous success over the many years of international competition.
The first session was for the Junior Kumite (fighting) Squad for athletes aged 13-20 years old. We had two going for selection Jamie Lottering and Teah Pope under England Junior Squad Coach Sensei Frank Brennan (7th Dan). Both Jamie and Teah were on this Squad last year and following assessment were re-selected.
Photo: KUGB England Junior Kumite Squad 2016. Photo Courtesy of the KUGB.
The next day, selection for the Senior Kumite (fighting) Squad for athletes aged 21 years old and over took place under England Squad Coach Sensei Andy Sherry (9th Dan). Emma Burke, who was on the squad in 2015 and fought strongly during the assessment to be selected again for the Squad.
Photo: KUGB England Senior Kumite Squad 2016. Photo courtesy of the KUGB
A week later the selection process for the England Kata Squad took place. Chelmsford had four going for selection for this squad under Sensei Andy Sherry (9th Dan): Eric Austin-Coskry, Mia Hillsden, Jamie Lottering and Megan Naylor-Jones. Competition for places on the squad were again fiercely contested but all four were selected with Jamie being selected for a second successive year and Eric a third.â€‹
Photo: KUGB England Kata Squad 2016. Photo courtesy of the KUGB
Sensei Jane Naylor-Jones herself a former member of the KUGB England Team, said "I am very pleased that all six 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 six will compete in two Grand Slams (England, Ireland, N. Ireland, Scotland and Wales) this year. The first Grand Slam will be in February and we are looking forward to supporting them. They will also have the opportunity now to push for selection to compete at the European Championships in Athens, Greece later this year.
Photo: Chelmsford's England Quartet with Sensei Andy Sherry at the Red Triangle Dojo, Liverpool. In the background a picture of Sensei Enoeda. (L-R) Eric Austin-Coskry, Megan Naylor-Jones, Sensei Sherry, Mia Hillsden and Jamie Lottering.
Congratulations from everyone at Chelmsford SKC!