Outstanding performances bag club members medals galore
Shitokai Scotland are top of the class following a busy few weeks for the Renfrew karate club.
Members from the club have been competing both home and abroad, raking in a raft of medals in the process.
First up for the club was the British International Open Championships, which were held at Meadowbank Stadium, in Edinburgh.
Shitokai finished second in the overall medal table, coming home with 11 gold medals, five silvers and eight bronze.
A club spokeswomen said: “The results were fantastic, but, more importantly, the performances from all of our competitors were outstanding and the progression being made is excellent.”
There was success in both the children and senior competitions. In the children’s kata category, Lee Pollard took silver, while Stephen Chalk secured bronze.
And, in the kumite competition, it proved to be a clean sweep for Shitokai. Adam Hamill won gold, followed by Anastasia Shumitskiy with silver, and Declan Rush claimed the bronze medal.
The results in the senior ranks were as follows — kata competitions: Chris Scott — gold and bronze; Jeannette O’Neill — gold; Alex Marshall — gold; Heather McIlraith — silver and bronze; Emma Ruthven — silver; Fiona Slow — bronze.
Kumite: Dylan Rush — gold x2; Johny Gilmour — gold and bronze; Amy Connell — gold; Amiee Pollard — gold; Jack Gibson — gold; Niamh Junner — silver; Abby McGuigan — bronze; David McCreight — bronze; Male Senior Kumite Team — gold.
The team then flew out to Berlin over the weekend to take part in the International Banzai Cup.
The team’s members who have been selected to represent Scotland at the World Championships at the end of this month used this competition as part of their final preparations before departing for Tenerife.
And there proved to be yet more success as they took the plane home with some extra baggage in the shape of more medals.
Kata competitions: Alex Marshall — gold; Emma Ruthven — silver.
Kumite competitions: Amy Connell — gold and bronze; Aimee Pollard — bronze; Johny Gilmour — silver; Adam Hammill — silver; Dylan Rush— silver; Male Senior Kumite Team — silver.
Shitokai are also looking for companies that would be willing to sponsor them, which would help with all of their travel and accommodation costs for the upcoming World Championships.
If anyone thinks they may be able to help out, email Stephanie Connell at firstname.lastname@example.org
Globetrotters The Shitokai Scotland side prepares to travel to Germany for the Banzai Cup