Karate kids shine on national stage
KARATE kids from a Laceby stable fought their way to a magnificent seven medals in a top national competition.
A squad of ten young Laceby Shotokan Karate Club students travelled to Nottingham for the FSK National Championships.
The event took place the weekend after nine of the club's members undertook grading examinations – and for some youngsters it was their first taste of tournament action.
George Montgomery, 9, and Jack Thompson, 14, were the top performers of the day – both topped the podium.
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Montgomery, who was competing in his second national event, won gold in his kumite (free fighting) category and silver in kata (fixed forms).
Thompson, a first dan black belt, was competing against experienced senior competitors for the first time.
But that didn't faze him – he bounced back from disappointment in the kumite to take gold in the senior grade individual kata.
Kaden Thompson, 7, won silver in the pee wee individual kumite section thanks to a spirited display.
Ellie Minns, 9, and Naimh Carley, 10, earned bronze trophies in their junior kumite category.
Carley's younger sister Eilish, 9, narrowly missed out on a final appearance and had to settle for bronze in a separate kumite category.
Brothers Theo Boyd, 6, and Louis, 8, gained good experience in the kata on their competitive debuts.
The club's chief coach, Sensei Peter Shum, third dan, said he was proud of the students' efforts.
He added: "With experienced students from the club not taking part, the youngsters showed spirit to compete so well at a major national event."
Laceby Karate Club meets at the Village Community Centre, in High Street, Laceby, on Sunday and Tuesday evenings, 6-7pm.