Karate club bask­ing in medal haul glory

Rutherglen Reformer - - Drive Time Extra - John Gorrod

Ya­makai Karate Club will need to in­vest in a new tro­phy cab­i­net.

Be­tween May and June, sev­eral mem­bers com­peted in pres­ti­gious com­pe­ti­tions – and re­turned with medals aplenty.

Calum Mac­Don­ald, who will travel to In­done­sia in Novem­ber to rep­re­sent Scot­land at the un­der-21 World Cham­pi­onship, claimed bronze in Ger­many in the un­der-52kg cat­e­gory in the Arawaza Cup. He then won gold at the Bri­tish Karate cham­pi­onships in Glas­gow, as did Greg Ma­Cauley in the se­nior male un­der-67kg class.

Louis Galasso came first in the boys’ over-45kg sec­tion, while Emma Boyle and Amy Luke, who will com­pete with Calum in In­done­sia, came sec­ond in the se­nior un­der-68kg and ju­nior un­der- 63kg cat­e­gories re­spec­tively. Matthew Grant claimed bronze in the ju­nior un­der­55kg.

In the Mead­ow­bank Youth Open, Tilli Roseweir, Ab­bie Roach, Leah Sem­ple, Louis Galasso and Erin O’Brien came away with sil­ver and Carly Sem­ple and Roxy Gere­luyk won bronze.

Keir Fraser was cham­pion at the Wishaw Grand Prix in the un­der-52kg class and Erin O’Brien won bronze in the over-45kg event. Erin won sil­ver at War­ring­ton’s North­ern Open Clas­sic, where Iona Mac­Don­ald won the girls’ eight to nine- year- old cat­e­gory and Calum Mac­Don­ald won the cadet ku­mite. Louis Galasso, who also won sil­ver in the An­nual Cum­bria Open in the cadet over-57kg class, and Amy Luke, won bronze.

On the col­lec­tive front, the cadet male teams tasted suc­cess as the A team won gold and the B team se­cured sil­ver, while the fe­male cadet side took bronze.

Club coach Jim Ross said: “We com­pete on a reg­u­lar ba­sis. A lot of clubs are geared to­wards grad­ing and self-de­fence but the main em­pha­sis at our club is com­pet­ing. We fight to the high­est level in the coun­try and com­pete in­ter­na­tion­ally. We’ve al­ready been to Swe­den, Den­mark and Bel­gium this year.”

And Jim ex­tended spe­cial praise to Calum and Amy for their un­der-21 World Cham­pi­onship qual­i­fi­ca­tion. He said: “It’s a big trip; the pin­na­cle of any young per­son’s ca­reer.”

Head­ing south Mem­bers of Ya­makai karate club on their trip to War­ring­ton for the North­ern Open Clas­sic

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