North West Open Team Kata Gold

20 April 2007

The listing was posted by Mizukara

Three karate stars from Newtownards achieved a fantastic set of results at last weekend’s North West Open Karate Championships. The event which was held in Donegal, attracted some 400 competitors from across Ireland. Former Regent House pupil and current double World Karate Kata Champion David Brashaw, along with brothers Sam and Kevin Lewis were delighted when they lifted the team kata title just ahead of the stylish SKU Shotokan team from Strabane. In the individual men’s kata event, David secured gold with Kevin and Sam coming second and forth respectively. Coach David explained 'Up until about eight months ago, I thought I had achieved everything, in kata competitions, but then Ulster Karate Council Chairman, Terry Boyle suggested to me that the best team kata teams in the world were students who trained together, week in and week out. Having never competed in team kata before, I thought this would be a new and exciting challenge and a chance to raise the bar for Wado-Ryu team kata performance for Northern Ireland. Being aware of both Sam and Kevin’s past international experience in kumite, we set our stall out to achieve this. With the fantastic support of National coach Jeff Hillis and Ards Borough Leisure Services we have committed the last six months training to achieve this. At the recent Ulster Championships in February, when I was unfortunately carrying an injury, we brought in a late reserve, sixteen year old Claire McPeake from Bangor and still secured a silver medal in the team kata event. This performance at the North West Championships is just the boost we needed prior to selections for the forthcoming WKC World Championships, which are due to take place in Italy in June.' More medals were collected by other Carnalea club students the highlight being Sarah Shields Gold for kumite and bronze for kata. Conor Porter also collected medals, a silver in kumite and a bronze for his kata. Sophie Stewart collected a silver in the final of the girls kumite against Sarah. Rhiannon Wells, GT Wright and Sarah Shields were fourth in the under thirteen years team kata event. Again, this was a great performance, considering the average age of the Carnalea team was ten years of age.