Haul of medals for karate competitors

COMPETITORS from Ipswich and Clacton won a haul of gold and silver medals at the largest karate tournament ever held in Great Britain.Overall 1,300 competitors from nine countries took part at Meadowbank Stadium in Edinburgh.

COMPETITORS from Ipswich and Clacton won a haul of gold and silver medals at the largest karate tournament ever held in Great Britain.

Overall 1,300 competitors from nine countries took part at Meadowbank Stadium in Edinburgh.

First to compete from the EKKA selected team on the opening day was Ipswich's Reisha Hull in the female cadets 16-17 yrs at 57kg.

Hull excelled to win a place in the final which she won convincingly taking the teams first gold medal and adding the open Commonwealth champion title to her ever growing list of achievements.

Emily Griffiths was next on the areas in the senior female -60kg at under 50kg herself this was to be a challenge but she was to rise to the occasion fighting her way to the final gaining the silver.

On the second day Alix Harris in the kata section the only kata competitor from EKKA in the girls 14 / 15 yrs winning through her first round with Unsuh but was unlucky to go out in the second round to South Africa.

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Hannah Moody competing in the girls 10 / 11yrs -45kg excelled herself at this championships fighting through to the final improving in every round with ever growing confidence taking EKKA second gold medal. In the 14/15yrs girls -53kg we had Alix Harris and Heidi Jay on opposite ends of a large category draw both fighting there ways to the final and well deserved. With Alix taking the silver and Heidi the gold on this occasion.

EKKA had two teams entered at the commonwealth championships the senior female team Loren Cook, Emily Griffiths, and Reisha Hull, narrowly missing out on the gold in the final taking a well deserved silver.

The 14 / 15yrs girls team Heidi Jay , Alix Harris , and Charlotte Platts was competed on two areas due to the large number of entries the girls winning through the rounds showing real skill meeting South Africa in the final which they went onto win taking the team gold and Commonwealth title 2008

In total the team won four golds and four silvers.

Selected EKKA Team Loren Cook, Emily Griffiths, Reisha Hull, Tom Canhan, Chris Harris, Charlotte Platts, Alix Harris, Ryan Jay, Aaron Priestley, Daniel Szabo, Heidi Jay, Jessica Moody, Hannah Moody, Mitchell Williams.

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