Students from Ilkley's Premiere Karate Club proved once again they had the golden touch at the 2011 Shito-Ryu Shukokai National Championships held in Cheshire.
The Ilkley club run by chief instructor Mark Outterside came away with an amazing haul of medals which included six golds, seven silver and two bronze medals. The competition was extremely successful, with participants and spectators travelling from all over the UK to take part.
Former WKF champion Tanya Donkin made it a hat rick of golds by winning every event she entered which included kata, kumite and team kumite. Fellow team member Elly Field wasn't far behind as she too secured two golds and a silver only losing out to Tanya in the girls black belt kata event.
Making a promising debut were Grace Waller, George Kent and Charlie Miller who were also finalists in their respective events. Up and coming star of the future Sam Berry (10) took a well deserved bronze and silver medal in the kumite events. Joe Jamieson (pictured) also secured another gold for Ilkley as George Kent and Charlie Miller took all three final places in a large category. The boys were also part of the Ilkley team which lost out in the final two bouts to one.
The proud club instructor said, ‘these results just goes to show how strong the club really is and also puts Ilkley well and truly on the martial arts map'. The club is currently celebrating its 23rd year and these results make the anniversary even more pleasing.
The medal tally for Ilkley are as follows:
Girls junior grade kata - 2nd Grace Waller
Children's black belt - 1st Tanya Donkin, 2nd Elly Field
Men's Junior grade - 2nd Phil Jamieson
Men's brown belt - 2nd Richard Kovacs
Kumite - (Free fighting)
Children's yellow to purple under 4ft 4 - 1st Joe Jamieson,2nd George Kent, 3rd Charlie Miller
Children's yellow to purple belt under 4ft 10 - 3rd Sam Berry
Girls senior grade under 5ft - 1st Elly Field
Girls senior grade over 5ft - 1st Tanya Donkin
Men's brown belt - 1st Richard Kovacs
Children's senior grade team - 2nd Piers Walton
Children under 10 - 2nd Ilkley - Sam Berry, Joe Jamieson, George Kent and Charlie Miller
Girls senior grades - 1st Ilkley - Tanya Donkin, Elly Field and Rose Blackburne
The Ilkley students hope to repeat their success in the up and coming Wharfedale Karate Championships next week. For further details about the club visit the club website at www.ilkleykarate.co.uk
Source: Ilkley Gazette