Ya­makai team win medals around the globe

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sport - Mur­ray Spooner

A karate club in Ruther­glen has picked up medals at home and abroad to end its suc­cess­ful year on a high.

Ya­makai mem­bers at­tended events in Wishaw and Ed­in­burgh as well as com­pe­ti­tions in In­done­sia and Bel­gium in the past two months.

First up was the Wishaw Grand Prix which saw two boys take gold and an over­all ti­tle.

In the un­der 14 years plus 50kg ku­mite, Louis Galasso won gold as did Keir Fraser in the cadet un­der 57kg event.

Keir also won the over­all ti­tle for 2015, hav­ing won two golds and two sil­vers at those events this year.

Two Ya­makai mem­bers, Amy Luke and Calum MacDonald then trav­elled to In­done­sia for the World un­der 21 Cham­pi­onships but both lost in the open­ing bouts against Slo­vakia and Egypt re­spec­tively.

And nine Ya­makai mem­bers at­tended the an­nual Bel­gium In­ter­na­tional Open in Leu­ven. Louis Galasso won bronze in the boys un­der 14 years heavy­weight sec­tion but in the Se­nior Male u67k, Greg Ma­Caulay lost out in the fight off for bronze against Por­tu­gal.

The fi­nal open com­pe­ti­tion of the year was the Scot­tish Ku­mite Cham­pi­onships in Ed­in­burgh.

Ya­makai ended the year on a high with four na­tional in­di­vid­ual cham­pi­ons and the se­nior male team gold. In the se­nior male un­der 70 ki­los Ku­mite, Greg Ma­Caulay took gold - the fourth time he has been Scot­tish Cham­pion at that weight cat­e­gory.

Gold also went to Cal Mus­cat in the se­nior male un­der 80k, Amy Luke in the ju­nior fe­male un­der 60 ki­los sec­tion and Louis Galasso in the boys over 5’4” sec­tion.

Af­ter a wait of 18 years, the Ya­makai se­nior male team fi­nally took the gold medal at the Scot­tish Ku­mite Cham­pi­onships.

The club have reached the fi­nal on six oc­ca­sions, three times in the last four years, but missed out.

But an out­stand­ing show by Greg Ma­Caulay, Carl Mus­cat and Matthew Grant saw them beat Ja­pan Karate Scot­land in the fi­nal.

Sil­vers went to Keir Fraser in the Cadet male ku­mite un­der 55k, the Ya­makai Se­nior Fe­male Team of Emma Boyle and Amy Luke, and the Ya­makai girls’ team of Leah Sem­ple, Si­mone Ton­ner and Hay­ley An­der­son.

Bronze medals went to Jack John­stone in the boys un­der 5’4” ku­mite, Calum MacDonald in the cadet male u/55k and Emma Boyle in the se­nior fe­male plus 60 ki­los ku­mite, the Ya­makai boys team un­der 5’0 of Eion Dan­skin, Ryan Hannah and Ge­orge Duerden and the Ya­makai girls un­der 4’4 team of Iona MacDonald and Ab­bie Roach.

Ya­makai runs classes in Stonelaw Sport Cen­tre in Ruther­glen twice weekly. The classes are a mix­ture of Sho­tokan karate and com­pe­ti­tion karate.

They take place on a Tues­day from 6- 8pm and Fri­day from 5- 6.15pm and are open to all ages.

The club take new mem­bers from five years up­wards. Con­tact club coach Jim Ross on 01698 421790.

Great year Keir Fraser, Calum MacDonald, Louis Galasso and Jack John­ston of the Ya­makai boys team

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