Chelmsford students entered the Karate Union of Great Britain's Shotokan Cup - British Individual Championships in Chesterfield today.
We sent a small squad of Mia Hillsden, Alex Lockett, Nick Nelson and Romilly Pope and returned home with an amazing two Golds and two silvers. Each member of the small squad were excellent during the elimination rounds. Both Nick and Romilly progressed in both Kata and Kumite and were unfortunate not to reach the finals.
Alex Lockett (aged 12) and Mia Hillsden (aged 15) reached the Finals in both Kata and Kumite for their categories. Itself amazing achievement as it is rare that you find students that can excel at this high level in both Kata and Kumite. Both Alex and Mia have been outstanding in 2018 and the finals were to be no exception.
With Sensei Jane and Richard alongside coaching the duo won a British title and a silver medal each. Alex fought exceptionally well to win Gold in Kumite and took silver in the under 16 Kata. Whilst Mia added to her list of British and World titles by winning Gold in the Kata with an outstanding performance of Kata Gankaku and silver in the Kumite.
Sensei Jane said "all of our competitors today have performed well today at such a high level. I am particularly pleased for both Mia and Alex for what they have achieved today and throughout the year. Their achievements today have been commented upon by a number of KUGB Seniors and will not have gone unnoticed with the upcoming European Championships in Serbia by the England coaches present. Although Alex is too young currently to compete at European level this year, I am hopeful Mia will be selected again and that eventually Alex will follow in her footsteps".
British Champions Alex Lockett and Mia Hillsden show off their Silverware with former British Champion Sensei Richard