Maribor, Slovenia

The United Karate Association helped make up a formidable squad to travel to Maribor in Slovenia. For the International Karate Union, World cadet and junior championships.

The Karate Sport  England squad took its largest ever squad  totalling 135 people including 63 athletes, 7 coaches, 6 officials, medical staff and spectators.

The venue was fantastic and the hotel set in the old town of Maribor only a short walk to the sport hall.

With 25 countries represented the event was looking good.

Countries present in Maribor :-

  • Slovenia
  • Italy
  • Romania
  • England
  • Wales
  • Republic of Ireland
  • Northern Ireland
  • Scotland
  • France
  • Serbia
  • Russia
  • Ukraine
  • Portugal
  • Latvia
  • Switzerland
  • Brazil
  • Argentina
  • Chile
  • Mexico
  • Austria
  • Czech Republic
  • Poland
  • Belarus
  • Slovakia
  • Montenegro
Maribor was fantastic with great restaurants, shops, scenic river sights and all at a very cheap price and the English speaking locals were really helpful.

The competition was a combination of events. Cadet and junior World Championships, a senior and veterans World Cup and a children's games (under14). Something for everyone for sure.

The KSE squad results in the main event led England to sit second in the medals table at the end of the weekend  behind Italy.

UKA members did exceptionally well with the following medals:-

  • Connie Antoshko - Girls Kumite
  • Teddy Mulhull - Boys Kumite
  • Alfie Harrington - Cadet Kumite
  • Grace Harrington - Cadet Kumite
  • Hollie Roberts - Junior Kata
  • James Furminger - Boys Kumite
  • Charlie Collins - Junior Kumite (O80k)
  • Bobby Grafton - Junior Kumite (U80k)
  • Hollie Roberts - Junior Kumite
  • Lisa Lethbridge - Veterans Kumite
  • Connie Antoshko Girls - Shito Ryu Kata
  • George Antoshko - Boys Kumite and Kata
  • Alice Briner - Girls Kumite
  • Joseph Watts - Boys Kumite
  • Alex Thorndycraft - Boys kumite
  • Georgie Thomas - Cadet kumite
  • Sebastian Mendez - Cadet kumite
  • Adam Carrigan-Smith - Junior Kumite (O80K)
  • Rafat Razzaque - Cadet Kumite
UKA were involved in some exciting finals. Alfie Harrington had a very tricky Italian opponent who lead Alfie 5-4 with 6 seconds on the clock. Alfie nicked an equaliser and beat the Italian in extra time sudden strength.

Little sister Grace faced a very strong and much bigger Serbian  opponent in her final but ran out a comfortable winner eventually by using her speed and fast hand combinations to overwhelm the other girl.

Connie Antoshko from Dan Cuthberts Abridge club won yet again to follow her wins at the English, the Welsh Open and the Irish Open  and her club mate Teddy Mulhall also won gold in the children's world games events.

Charlie Collins from North Weald was unfortunate in the male junior heavy weight final losing narrowly to his Brazilian opponent.

UKA coaches Ian Cuthbert, Julia Heenan,  Phil Patrick  and Rob Ward were all very pleased with the UKA members performances and look forward to next years European championships in Romania.

UKA also have some seniors competitors selected to go all expenses paid by Karate Sport England to Belgrade for the UWKF event in December. The England squad includes. Coach Ian Cuthbert, official Mike Cormack and athletes. Luke Cuthbert, Hollie Roberts, Charlie Collins, Adam Carrigan Smith  and Liam Powell.  

Good luck and best wishes to all of them.