Double Gold for Cathy
by David Brashaw
Belfast girl, Cathy McAleer made it a clean sweep at Sunday’s (28th Nov) Ulster Karate Championship. The all round karate expert, who has recently won her first kick-boxing bout, made it a clean sweep lifting both the gold in the senior ladies kata and sparring. Coach Terry Boyle was delighted with her performance, “Cathy has made significant progress with her overall fitness in recent months and now it is starting to pay dividends.”
The Clady, Finn Valley junior girls team, freshly back from the world championships and the TKA International, collected gold, silver and bronze in the junior girls kata. They also won gold in the girls team sparring. The team was made up of Stephanie Gallagher, Emer and Ciara Dullaghan, Amanda Doherty, Cathy McNulty.
The Bailie brothers, Neil and Glen from the Carnalea club in Bangor, were both crowned Ulster Champions in the Junior Boys kata and Sparring respectively. After a very close match in the boys under 16 years team event, the UKA team narrowly managed to beat the very skilful Zanshin team, from Newtownabbey.
In the guest international match with the Republic of Ireland, the Northern Ireland team lost narrowly to their southern counterparts. However Northern Ireland National Coach, Jeff Hillis was far from disappointed as the southern team contained many of their world cup members. Jeff explained 'In overall points the team scored extremely well and have plenty to build on for their next international.' As always the event in Templemore, Londonderry, was very well attended, with over 300 competitors from all over the North competing for the silverware. Similar to other events seen recently on satellite TV, this competition was another long, but highly entertaining day, with punches, kicks, tears, trophies, and jubilation from many of the Northern Ireland athletes showing just how much they have to prove.