Last Saturday saw the Karate Union of Great Britain’s (KUGB) International Squads of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales assemble at the Queens Park Sports Centre, Chesterfield for the March 2014 Grand Slam.
This event has been growing in size, number and importance over the years, as has the technical excellence and standard of performance from the Karateka.
Within the England Squad there were three members from Chelmsford SKC all keen to perform to their best in the hope of being selected for this year’s European Championships in Switzerland. They were Eric Austin-Coskry, Jamie Lottering and Teah Pope.
Photo: Chelmsford's KUGB England Squad Members (L-R) Eric Austin-Coskry, Teah Pope and Jamie Lottering.
They are part of a very strong England Squad that had an outstanding year in 2013 on the International Arena where a large number of competitors reached Finals with many winning Gold at both the World (WSKA) and European (ESKA) Championships. Today, those competitors were in Chesterfield alongside both experienced challengers and young Squad members like Eric, Jamie and Teah all aiming to ‘kick off’ 2014 with a good performance.
Photo: KUGB England Squad 2014 - Grand Slam. Junior, Senior and Kata Squad Members. Look closely and you will see Eric Austin-Coskry (Back Row), Jamie Lottering (third row) and Teah Pope (seventh row).
The ‘Trio’ arrived a number of hours prior to the Competition to undergo a Squad Session with KUGB England Coaches, Sensei Andy Sherry (9th Dan) and Sensei Frank Brennan (7th Dan). Once they had been put through their final preparations there was a brief interlude as the Spectators began to arrive.
Photo: KUGB England Squad Training - (L-R) Dylan Gibson, Eric Austin-Coskry, Sensei Andy Sherry, Maya Burns, Hisham Saif (Current Senior Kata World Champion)
Photo: KUGB England Squad Training - Teah Pope
In the Grand Slam all three performed well but were unable to reach the finals. The standard of this competition is ‘top class’ with many of the current World and European Champions involved in the Finals. KUGB England continued to dominate and there were some outstanding performances that enthralled the watching crowd.
Photo: Jamie Lottering (Right) being awarded a point in the Under 16 Male Kumite.
Photo: Teah Pope competing in the Female Kata (Open to all Ages)
Photo: Eric Austin-Coskry (right) competing in the Male Kata Event (Open to all Ages)
Both, Sensei Jane Naylor-Jones and Sensei Richard Naylor-Jones from Chelmsford SKC attended and were extremely proud of them. Sensei Jane said “I am very pleased with Eric, Jamie and Teah’s performances. England Coach Sensei Brennan has spoken with each of them following the Championship and given them areas to work on to improve and develop. We will now work closely with them on those areas to help them reach their potential”.