North West Shotokan Karate Club have been celebrating this week after competing in the World Karate Union of Federations (WUKF) Senior European Championships in Scotland under the Irish Shotokan Karate Union Ireland Team (ISKU) after successfully bringing home seven bronze European medals’ to the local area.
The team made up of Eathan O’Donnell, Ciara Dullaghan and Cathy Mc Nulty has been training relentlessly in the build up to this event under their instructors Carol Nelis and Mandy Mc Nulty. Team Manager and Coach Carol Nelis also competed at this event in the Team Kata event along with students Ciara and Cathy while Instructor Mandy Mc Nulty made her debut performance as a WUKF Judge.
The day of finals arrived and after the finalists parade which was a very proud moment for the ISKU the senior ladies kata team, Carol, Cathy and Ciara were ready to take to the floor. With all eyes on them the ladies performed their strongest team kata yet and scored extremely well with the referee and judges and found themselves becoming Bronze European Medallists and bringing the medal tally to 7 bronze. President of the ISKU Raymond Shannon was extremely proud of the team and their success and was impressed at how well each and every one of them competed. Raymond was made continental referee at this event and congratulations should be given to him also. Mandy Mc Nulty also should be congratulated for her fantastic job on the floor as a first time European judge. Mandy was also picked to judge in the finals on the Sunday which is unheard off at your first International event and so everyone was very proud of her.
This was a very successful event for all and valuable experience was gained and top performances given. This team has a strong successful career ahead of them and it’s great to see senior athletes dedicate themselves to their sport and become role models for the younger athletes. Congratulations to all who helped make this event a success. The Junior team is now currently in training for the upcoming World Championships which are being held in Serbia in October and if last weekend was anything to go by we’re sure we can expect great things from them too.