Congratulations to five of our Chelmsford stars - Eric Austin-Coskry, Emma Burke, Jack Hillsden, Jamie Lottering and Teah Pope who were all selected onto the Karate Union of Great Britain's (KUGB) England Squad for 2015 in January.
January was a challenging month for five of our Chelmsford members as they prepared themselves for selection onto the KUGB England Squad. With the festivities over, all five 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 five hopefuls, 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 four going for selection Eric Austin-Coskry, Jack Hillsden, Jamie Lottering and Teah Pope under England Junior Squad Coach Sensei Frank Brennan (7th Dan). Jamie was on this Squad last year and following assessment was re-selected. Eric, Jack and Teah also demonstrated the skill level and attitude required to join their Chelmsford team mate on this Squad for 2015.
Photo: KUGB England Junior Kumite Squad 2015 - including four of Chelmsford's Stars.
Photo courtesy of the KUGB
Our four youngsters were supported by their family along with our Chief Instructor Sensei Dot Naylor who took the opportunity to visit the Red Triangle, her old club.
Photo: (L-R) - Sensei Frank Brennan (7th Dan) England Junior Squad Coach, Sensei Dot Naylor and Sensei Andy Sherry (9th Dan) KUGB Chief Instructor and England Squad Coach. (Photo courtesy of Wayne Lottering).
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 passed her 2nd Dan last December, was attending for her first time and fought strongly during the assessment to be selected for the Squad.
Photo: KUGB England Senior Kumite Squad 2015 -
Bottom row far right Chelmsford's Emma Burke. Photo courtesy of the KUGB
Yesterday 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) – the same four who had been selected for the England Junior Kumite Squad the previous weekend - Eric Austin-Coskry, Jack Hillsden, Jamie Lottering and Teah Pope. Competition for places on the squad were again fiercely contested but all four were selected with Eric and Teah being selected for a second successive year.
Congratulations also go to former Chelmsford SKC Members: Holly Sterling and Jack Somers who were also re-selected to the England Squad.
Photo: England Junior Kumite Squad Members from the South of England with four of the six from Chelmsford SKC. Back row - Jamie Lottering, Jack Hillsden and Eric Austin-Coskry. From row left Teah Pope. Photo courtesy of the KUGB
Sensei Jane, herself a former member of the KUGB 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 in March 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 and European Championships later this year.
Congratulations from everyone at Chelmsford SKC!