Ulster Karate Championships 2007 Results

20 February 2007
by Carnalea Wado Kai
The listing was posted by Mizukara

Last weekend (11 February) saw one of the most action packed Ulster Karate Championships in a very long time.  The event, run under WKC rules, was held in Lough Moss Leisure Centre, Carryduff and attracted over five hundred competitors from across the north of Ireland. Chairman of the Ulster Karate Council, Terry Boyle commented “It was a terrific day, the atmosphere was superb and the quality of competition was some of the highest seen at a local level for years.”

A superb triple gold went to young Elaine Dullaghan from Strabane, who appears to be following in her older sisters’ footsteps.  Double Ulster golds went to two other stars from the north west of the province.
Young Caolan Quinn from Strabane, once again blew away all his competition in both the kata and sparring events. He certainly is one name to watch for in the future at international events. World bronze medallist Leona McFadden from Galliagh in Derry not only won the senior ladies open weight sparring, but also added the senior kata title.

World kata stars, Stephanie Gallagher, Ciara Dullaghan and Cathy McNulty from the SKU club in Strabane made it a clean sweep of 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the girls kata. The SKU team also lifted gold in the under 16 years team kata.

A new event which has become very popular at world level competitions was introduced this year. The senior team kata event, in which three athletes must perform a series of agreed moves simultaneously, was won by SKU from Strabane closely followed by the Carnalea team from Bangor.

Fight of the day had to be the final of the under 14 years girls, between current World Junior Champion, Chelsie Rowland and Sophie Rodgers.  Sophie pushed Chelsie all the way with scores level going into the extra time first to score period. This time around Chelsie showed her class and got the vital point to claim the Ulster Crown.  However National coach, Jeff Hillis praised the performance of both fighters and added “This was a fantastic fight. It had speed, skill and was really competitive. I cannot wait for the next junior worlds, as many of our fighters are simply getting better and better and will certainly take more medals. Jeff him self fought off M. McCole from the UKF to once again retain his Ulster senior title.

The cadets fighting was, like the girls match decided in extra time. After a highly charged emotional three minutes, in which it was impossible to separate the two fighters, the judges eventually came out in favour of Michael Rowland over Ethan O’Donnell.

Jeff added “We have been pushing the boundaries of karate for Northern Ireland for the last few years and local stars cannot wait for the next huge event on the karate calendar, the Senior WKC World Karate Championships, scheduled to take place in Italy in June.
We are getting better and better every year, winning more titles, increasing the numbers of athletes to our sport, attracting more sponsor and media attention than ever before and are really showing the rest of the world just how professional we can be.”