Men's teams in clean sweep at Cumbrian Open Karate Championships

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Leeds Karate Academy students Leeds Karate Academy students

Farsley-based Leeds Karate Academy had a great weekend at the Cumbrian Open Championships.

The squad totally dominated the Men's Team Kumite.

The final saw the Academy's A team of Sam Goulden, Craig Williams and Stephen Brown beat the men's B team of Richard Fewkes, Callam Payne and Joe Bulmer. The C Team of Hayden Steele, Luke Townsend and Tom Mitchell then took the bronze.

Stephen Brown added a second medal to his day's tally by taking the silver in the senior men's kumite.

Jordan Weatherley in his first WKF rules tournament took silver in the senior mixed kata.

Mell Finlay carried on her good form taking silver in the senior female kumite. Mell then joined Emelye O’Brien and Nikki Stockham to take the silver in the ladies team kumite.

Oliver Deane, Lewis Bradbury and David Lister took silver in the boys' team kumite. Emelye O’Brrien, Amber Bannister and Eleanor Dook took silver in the girls' team kumite.

Bronze medals were also won by Richard Fewkes and Tony Fewkes in the male veterans kumite, Hayden Steele in the cadet kumite, Emelye O’Brien in the girls' 12-15 years kumite, David Lister in the 12-15 kumite and the boys' team kumite of Jude O’Brien, Nathan Wpspianski and Lucas Mortimer.

Club instructor and former world karate champion Matt Price said: “Well done to everyone who competed at this event, especially the senior men, who completely dominated. Special mention must also go to Bradford girl Emelye who brought home three medals from this prestigious event.”

Anybody interested in starting karate can contact Nick Heald on 07747-607283, e-mail n_heald@hotmail.com or see the club website at www.lka.org.uk

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