Jack Somers wins double gold at ESKA European Championships

Meet 17-year-old Euro star, Jack Somers, who has just kicked his way to glory at a prestigious event in Bielsko Biala, Poland, recently.

The St Albans Catholic High School sixth-former secured two gold medals, in two different categories, at the ESKA European Karate Championships last month.

Ipswich boy Jack, who started practising the martial art at Hollies Karate Club when he was six, landed the Individual Cadet Kata in the 16-17 age group to be crowned Cadet European Champion before winning a team medal as part of the England Team Kata in the 18-20 age group.

The talented teenager, who trains at Chelmsford Shotokan Karate Club and teaches at Ipswich Higashi Shotokan Karate Club, was also unlucky as part of the England team to lose in the Cadet Team Kumite against Portugal.

The England international is part of the Karate Union of Great Britain and would like to thank Whitton Sports Centre in Ipswich and Leonie Kersey for their help in his training and preparation.

England finished fourth on the overall medals table with two gold, three silver and six bronze medals.

Out of 700 competitors overall, Jack was fifth on the Championships’ medals table.

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