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Chief Referee Report On European Cadet & Junior Championships Paris 2009

What an excellent weekend the Referees had, not something I would always say after a long hard Championships, they all worked extremely hard under quite difficult circumstances with the pressure of applying new rules.

After arriving in Paris by trains and cars and planes we settled in the HQ Hotel mid Thursday afternoon. Thursday evening brought about the first meeting of the Referees Commission followed by the Referee briefing on the new rules, where many questions were asked and answered. Though in all honesty there was great trepidation from many officials as many of the European countries had never had the opportunity to put them in to practice. After a meal it was off to bed for an early start on Friday.

Chief Referee Report On European Cadet & Junior Championships Paris 09
Above - English referees in attendance: Tony Dent Brian Noble Dale Gamble Terry Pottage Nariman Jeddi Ivor
Thomas Steve Coupland Vince Parker

Over to the famous Pierre de Coubertin stadium on Friday morning very cold but bright that was the last daylight we saw all day with the day finishing approx 8pm in the dark!!! It was a learning curve for all the officials but fears disappeared very quickly as everyone applied the new rules very well after a few hiccups. Our Kata officials all had plenty to do and when the officials for the finals were selected it was no surprise that a couple of our officials were included. In the Kumite finals English officials were once a gain in demand. We enjoyed watching many of our squad perform and seeing them all supporting each other always a good feeling watching the England squad succeed.

Saturday and Sunday was pretty much the same but everyone becoming more and more comfortable with the operation of the new rules. As part of the Referee Commission I saw nothing but good reports on the performances of our officials that fact is reflected by the inclusion of all our eligible officials in finals on each day!!! I am extremely proud of all of them as the EKF should be.

Congratulations to the French Karate Federation for their superb organisation of the event.

I managed to find time to chat to our Chairman, Carl Lindley and other members of the Board and felt that there were lots of positive thoughts discussed about the future of EKF.

We all had various traumas getting back home what with the snow in England but that’s another story.
We are now making plans for the European Senior Championships in Zagreb, Croatia, in May.

Just a reminder for all Referees and Competition Coaches about the course in Manchester on the 21st FEB.

Terry Pottage
EKF Chief Referee

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