Ulster Karate Championships 2007 Preview

by David Brashaw
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Next weekend (11 February) the Loughmoss Leisure Centre in Carryduff will be the venue for the Ulster Karate Championships.  Approximately 500 competitors from across the north of Ireland are expected to compete at the event.

In particular three up and coming stars from Bangor will be hoping once again to get in the medals.  Claire McPeake and brothers Neil and Glen Bailie, who returned from the World Karate Championships in Hannover in October, have been one again upping their training in an effort to collect more silverware.

Claire, who fought through two rounds in Hannover, and made the final of her Wado-Ryu kata section, will have to be at her best to compete against the stronger kata style of Shotokan competitors.

Neil who missed out on a kata bronze by only point one in Hannover, is confident that he can not only make amends for that, but also get amongst the medals in the fighting events. His brother Glen, who collected Northern Ireland’s first ever junior kata medal (silver) in Germany, will like Claire, will be competing against the Shotokan kata students. However he sees this as a challenge that requires him to raise his own personal standards even higher. The event which is being hosted by the Ulster Karate Council, will kick off at 9.30am. Spectators are very welcome. Tickets will be issued on a on a first-come, first-serve basis.  It is sure to be an action packed, emotional and exciting championship, especially with the strides our national teams, both junior and senior have made over the last few years.