Ponds Forge, Sheffield

UKA as founder members of Karate Sport England helped form a strong squad to visit Ponds Forge Sports Centre , Sheffield for the 2016 English Championships.

The childrens categories went very well with Thomas Mulhall winning the boys middle weight section, this following up his recent success at the WUKF Europeans in Italy. Lemar McDowall then went onto win the boys 13/14 heavyweight section. The two lads later combined with younger brother Tedy Mulhall to take silver in the boys team event.

In the 7-8 years categories Elcie Pyke at her first major event got to the final and won a gold in the girls kumite and club mate Archie Spall continued his competition success with a well deserved bronze.

Our own European champion Connie Antoshko proved yet again her prowess on the mat and stormed through a difficult section to take yet another title in the girls 10-12 kumite.

In the cadets Georgie Thomas and Mairead Ladbrooke took bronzes in their individual events but later went on to fight in the ladies senior team event alongside Miranda Wood and took an excellent third place.

In the male cadets Sebastian Mendez also took an individual bronze and again fought in the mens senior team event alongside fellow cadets Chris Ashwell and Elliot Engwell and they beat two senior mens teams on their way to a bronze medal place in the teams.

One of the stars of the day was Meenhaz Janar who reached his first major final in the mens U65k but narrowly lost 1-2 to FEKO s top fighter and current World Champion Stuart Tomkins.

In the senior events Charlie Collins took bronze in the mens heavyweights and Chloe Barnes took a silver in the ladies senior middleweights.

Shauna Carroll went one better winning the ladies senior heavyweights in good style 6-3 against arch rival and current World Champion Amy Wright–Hamilton.

Shauna and Chloe alongside Imaany Kuaahndran then went on to win the ladies senior team event beating the AMA 6-0 in the final. In the mens senior team Luke Cuthbert, Charlie Collins and Mike Cormack faced an experienced EWSKA team in their final and narrowly went down 5-8 to take silver.

Congratulations to the entire squad who finished 2nd in the medals table and to coaches Ian Cuthbert, Dan Cuthbert and Dave Phillips. Many thanks to Mark Green, Sam Briggs and Anna Engwell for their officiating during the event and all others that helped out especially Natalie Collins our official photographer.

All images can be viewed at: www.officialuka.co.uk