At the beginning of October two members of Mounts Bay and an ex pupil now at York University joined the GB squad in Barcelona for the European Championships.
The squad was involved in daily training as well as a course run by the top two technical directors of the Japanese Karate Federation.
The competition involved both individual and team events in kobudo (weapons), kata (set pieces) and kumite (fighting). The Championship was represented by teams from Spain, France, Italy, Portugal, Andorra, Canary Islands, Greece, Bulgaria, Romania, Russia and Great Britain. The technical standard was high and the GB squad performed at their best, which earned them a team bronze. Unfortunately we were not as successful as we had hoped individually, gaining five bronze and two silvers.
All competitors from all countries showed wonderful sportsmanship and many friendships were made. Caitlin Barton Sargeant performed very well in all of her events and was unlucky to progress to the individual medal stage. She has shown great commitment and determination in all of her training and has great potential for the future. Robert Blackabey showed great skill in the kumite and achieved a fourth place on a points decision. He was very unlucky not to progress to the final stages. He is now also training with the GB Universities team while in York.
Although the Europeans are now at an end, training and further competitions still continue with the hope of another international next year.
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