Clean Up at Carlow International

by David Brashaw
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It is fantastic honour to be selected to represent Northern Ireland… However, when six juniors from Carnalea Karate Club made the team a few months ago everyone was delighted. On 9 October, at the Carlow International two day event, a competition which attracted over 600 competitors from all over Great Britain and Ireland they proved to us all why they were selected. Pick of the bunch was Glen Bailie who not only collected a bronze in the individual sparring, a gold in the Boys Team event but also the very special coveted prize of Fighter of the Tournament. His brother Neil, along with Stephen Quantril, formed the rest of the winning Northern Ireland team who beat the best from Wales, England and the Republic of Ireland. He also collected a second gold in the Boys kata event. Levi Kane collected a hard earned bronze in the girls sparring. Her brother Kurtis performed superbly in his sparring event only to be ruled out through an injury. Victoria Lindsay and Claire McPeake stepped up in class for this tournament and were unlucky to come away empty handed. Esporta instructor Cathy McAleer picked up a gold in the Senior Ladies kata and a bronze in the sparring. In addition to his gold in the team event, her student Stephen Quantril also collected a gold in the boys sparring and Sophie Rodgers a bronze in the girls kata. “I was delighted with everyone’s performance, Northern Ireland collected an amazing 15 kata medals out of a total haul of the 42 they brought back. It was a fantastic display of determination and skill by the Northern Ireland team. The two day event was highly charged, exciting, emotional and packed with superstars. It was enjoyed and extremely well supported by many parents from the North Down students and will set the standard for others to follow.” David Brashaw, Carnalea and National Kata Coach