Out­stand­ing per­for­mances bag club mem­bers medals ga­lore

Paisley Daily Express - - A Newlandscape - Craig Ritchie

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 ste­phie.con­nell@icloud.com

Glo­be­trot­ters The Shi­tokai Scot­land side pre­pares to travel to Ger­many for the Ban­zai Cup

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