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1st KUGB Grand Slam Competition of 2014 - 15th March

KUGB Grand Slam - March 2014 : The KUGB squads competitors

Saturday 15th March saw the Karate Union of Great Britain's (KUGB) International Squads of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales assemble at the Queens Park Sports Centre, Chesterfield for the first Grand Slam of the year.

This event has been growing in size, number and importance over the years. Furthermore, as the number of competitors increase, so does the technical excellence and standard of performance from the young Karateka.

2013 was an outstanding year for the KUGB on the International stage where a large number of our competitors reached the finals with many winning Gold at both the World (WSKA) and European (ESKA) Championships. Today, those competitors were in Chesterfield alongside both experienced challengers and new Squad members all aiming to 'kick off' 2014 with a good performance.

With Squad members assembling from all over Great Britain and Ireland they arrived a number of hours prior to the Competition to undergo Squad Sessions with their respective Coaches. All of the Countries held their own Training sessions but there was also time for both the Coaches and Competitors to greet each other before they became fierce rivals later in the day.

Once the Coaches had put the Squads through their final preparations there was a brief interlude as the Spectators began to arrive.

A competition of this calibre requires Officials at the highest level and so along with KUGB National Referees and Judges there were also a large number of International Referees and Judges present.

Throughout the eliminations and finals there were some outstanding performances that enthralled the watching crowd. Sensei Sherry, was extremely pleased with the competitive attitude and tremendous spirit of the competitors. Of particular note was the strength and numbers of young Karateka coming through the ranks for their respective Countries, which all bodes well for a very promising future for the KUGB.

KUGB Grand Slam - March 2014 : The British squads from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales line up

Full results below.

 

Male Cadet Kumite 13-15

1. John Banks (Sco)
2. Conall Dewar (Sco)
3. Thomas Crowther (Eng)
3. Corey Donaghue (Wal)
 

Female Cadet Kumite13-15

1. Emily Hughes (Eng)
2. Carly Lewis (Wal)
3. Cayleigh Mccartney (Eng)
3. Angela Randazzo (Eng)
 

Male Junior Kumite 16-17

1. Ethan Armstrong (Eng)
2. Connor Wilson (Eng)
3. Daniel Mooney (Eng)
3. Ryan Kahl (Wal)
 

Female Junior Kumite 16-20

1. Rebecca Rawcliffe (Eng)
2. Beth Nicholson (Eng)
3. Nicole Donoghue (Eng)
3. Rebecca Morrison (Eng)
 

Male Junior Kumite 18-20

1. Fraser Grice (Eng)
2. Sam Light (Eng)
3. Michael Gale (Eng)
3. Christopher Schumann (Eng)
 

Female Individual Kata

KUGB Grand Slam - March 2014 : Holly Sterling performs Kata Jion

Holly Sterling performs Jion

1. Holly Sterling (Eng)
2. Jemma Mitcham (Eng)
3. Meleri Pryse (Wal)
4. Cristina Finta (Eng) - injured
 

Male Individual Kata

KUGB Grand Slam - March 2014 : Hisham Saif performs Kata Goju Shiho Sho

Hisham Saif performs Goju Shiho Sho

1. Hisham Saif (Eng)
2. Jack Somers (Eng)
3. Lloyd Birt (Wal)
4. Stuart Amos (Eng)
 

Female Senior Kumite

KUGB Grand Slam - March 2014 : Senior Ladies Kumite

1. Caroline McGrath (Eng)
2. Rhianne Blundell (Eng)
3. Tegwen Ecclestone (Eng)
3. Cristina Finta (Eng) - injured
 

Males Senior Kumite

KUGB Grand Slam - March 2014 : Senior Mens Kumite

1. James McGorian (Eng)
2. Joseph Rawcliffe (Eng)
3. Ryan Tucker (Eng)
3. Francisco Martinez (Eng)
 

Ladies Cadet Team

1. England
2. Wales
 

Male Cadet Team

1. England
2. Wales
 

Female Junior Team Kumite

1. England
2. Wales
 

Male Junior Team Kumite

1. England
2. Wales
 

Female Senior Team Kumite

1. England
2. Wales
 

Male Senior Team Kumite

1. England
2. Wales
3. Scotland

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