Mia Hillsden was outstanding on Saturday to become British Grand Champion! A fantastic achievement from one of our Shotokan Tigers.
Mia was part of the Chelmsford Karate Club Team who were on tour again this weekend, this time at the Queens Park Leisure Centre in Chesterfield for the Karate Union of Great Britain’s (KUGB) British National Youth Championships.
This is a major event in our calendar for our elite athletes and they did not disappoint. Everyone who entered knew this was going to be a tough challenge as the tournament, which is for Karateka under 21, attracts competitors from all over the British Isles and includes a large number of seasoned International competitors and national squad members.
With our small squad of seven plus Instructors, Jane and Richard Naylor-Jones, Referee Richard Kheder and Assistant Coach Teah Pope, brilliant performances in both Kata (set moves) and Kumite (fighting) were given.
In the 10-11 Boys Kumite, Alexander Lockett, the current Southern Region Champion, narrowly lost out and took 3rd place. Wilson Tang took the silver medal in the Boy’s Kumite Under 5’ but it was Mia Hillsden who excelled taking, yet again, the title in the Girls Black Belt Kata and finishing off with the Gold in the Girl’s Kumite Over 5’3”, making her British Grand Champion 2017. Mia also took Bronze in the Team Kata along with Alexander and Wilson.
Photo: British National Medal Winners both as a Team and Individuals - Alexander Lockett, Mia Hillsden and Wilson Tang
Photo: British Grand Champion 2017 - Mia Hillsden with her England Coaches Sensei Frank Brennan (8th Dan) and Sensei Andy Sherry (9th Dan)
Our other Chelmsford Squad members : Jamie Lottering, Megan Naylor-Jones, Romilly Pope and Jessica Steadman all gave excellent performances throughout the day but were unlucky not to medal at this event.
All of the Chelmsford competitors named along with Assistant Coach and European Silver medalist - Teah Pope above started in our Shotokan Tigers classes aged between 5 and 7.
Here they all are pictured below.
Photo: (L-R) Jessica Steadman, Jamie Lottering, Wilson Tang, Megan Naylor-Jones, (KUGB Stand showing Sensei Enoeda (aka The Shotokan Tiger) and Sensei Sherry), Teah Pope, Alexander Lockett, Romilly Pope and Mia Hillsden.