A fistful of medals for the SSKI hot-shots

Dacorum's Seishinkai Shotokan Karate International representatives took a fistful of medals at the annual U18 kata competition at Hemel Hempstead School
Dacorum's Seishinkai Shotokan Karate International representatives took a fistful of medals at the annual U18 kata competition at Hemel Hempstead School
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Dacorum’s Seishinkai Shotokan Karate International representatives were firing on all cylinders at the annual U18 kata competition at Hemel Hempstead School.

The SSKI youngsters bagged a fistful of medals, including four individual golds and a number of team prizes.

Clubs attended the event from Basingstoke, Luton, St Albans, Reading, London, Watford, Hemel Hempstead, Bovingdon and Berkhamsted.

The standard was excellent, with competitors going into the event on the back of wins at the World, European and National Championships

Gold medals went to 2013 World Champion Thomas Carson, Eve Messenger, Harry Helliwell, Jey Gnallingham and the kata team of Cristy Nash, Messenger and Christopher Cooper.

Silver medals were won by Nash, Arunar Gaur, April Gilling, Steven Barton and the kata team of Muminah Koleoso, Carson and Petra Ewington, while bronzes were taken by Harvey Graham, Rhea Kandel, Ewington, Hana Gough and the kata team of Ritchie Howlett, Lewis Wilson and Dylan Freeman.

SSKI chief instructor Malcolm Phipps 8th Dan said he was extremely pleased with the excellent standard set by all of the competitors and looks forward to an exciting year ahead.

To find out more about SSKI, please visit the association’s website at www.sski.org for all the news, club addresses and training times. The club can also be found on Facebook.