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43rd Junior, Cadet & 8th U21 European Championships, Limassol, Cyprus, 5-7 Februrary 2016 - Competition Day 1

Kata and Kumite

All individual kata categories were on today so the coach’s had their work cut out. Lauren Fretwell and Johann Santos were up first with Lauren completing 2 rounds and Johann one, this was the first time they had both represented England at European level. Luke Easton and Alice Hylton were next but were disappointed not to go through the first round and denied repercharge. Finally Chris Karwacinski and Aimee Sell. Chris in his last Junior Europeans did a strong kata but the win was given to his opponent. Chris now moves on to senior events only and wish him well in his Senior career. Aimee Sell in her last Junior event had a first round bye and performed a good kata Supa Empi but she too was denied the win. Aimee has had a good Junior European and World Career winning a silver and bronze in team kata at European level, 2 individual silvers and a bronze at European level and a World Bronze medal. Medalling in every age event at Junior level.  Aimee now prepares herself for the Senior events and we wish her well.

Some of the fighters took to the stage today with Charlotte Hope winning her first round on the referees decision to then go on and face a Spanish opponent. Charlotte was unlucky in this round and unfortunately didn’t make repecharge.  Jed Thompson was competing in his first Junior Europeans and was all fired up but his opponent was too strong taking the win 4-0 from him and again no repercharge.  Next was Will Tatham it was always going to be difficult facing an athlete from the home team and lost by the narrowest of margins 0-1.  Unfortunately his opponent didn’t make the rounds so no repercharge for Will. Lastly was Georgina Lawson she won her first round convincingly taking the win from Norway 4-1 this ensured her place in the next round where she faced Denmark. Georgina’s opponent from Denmark proved too strong on this occasion winning 4-1.  Denmark progressed allowing Georgina to enter repecharge where she faced Germany, a close fought match but the German snatched away Georginas chances of going further.  Some good performances from the squad and a lot to be learnt from today’s competition. Tomorrow we have the juniors competing fingers crossed for some medals.

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