The UKF squad will travel to Italy next Monday ahead of the World Karate Federation European Championships in Florence from Thursday to Sunday, November 3-6.
UKF will travel to Florence with Inishowen and 25 athletes, coaches and officials following an impressive medal stand at the Carlow International Karate Championships (October 1-2), winning 13 golds, 8 silvers and 2 bronze. Derry.
Competitors include Caolan Caulfield (17) and Aine McCall of Quigley’s Point Karate Club, who are preparing for their black belts in December.
Caolan, who has won four gold medals and won the ‘Best Male Fighter of the Tournament’ award in Carlow on October 2, is aiming for medals in both kumite and kata in Florence.
Greencastle schoolboy Harry McDaid (11), who won no fewer than six medals at the Carlow event, will compete in the family kata, as well as individual and team kata and kumite, with his father Joe (44).
Other hopefuls in the UKF squad are Cillian Doherty (16), Patrick Moynihan (15), Philip Walker (14), Aine McCall (17), Bebhinn McCall (13), Lara Walker (11) and Aoife Cullen (10). , is Jack. Walker (8), Daniel Moynihan (8), Sophie Cullen (8), Erin McCall (21) (coach), Martin McCall (46), Gareth Walker (47), Ian Cullen (45).
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UKF President Sensei Columba McLaughlin, 6th Dan and Sensei Denis Donaghy will officiate the tournament along with the WUKF tournament refereeing team.
UKF Head Coach, 2nd Dan Sensei Martin McCall said: “The students have spent a lot of time preparing for this event, which is their biggest outing before the COVID lockdown. We are all looking forward to the WUKF European Championships for everyone involved. I am looking forward to an unforgettable tournament.”
Sensei Columba McLaughlin said: “We at UKF are very proud of all our team members’ performances at the recent event in Carlow and look forward to another great performance when we travel to Florence for the WUKF European Championships.
“We’ll be doing it all again in a week’s time when an even bigger UKF team travel to the National Sports Campus in Blanchardstown for the Karate Ireland Open National Championships.”