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The 2003 WSKA Championships ,Zurich - 12th October 2003

2003 WSKA Championships ,Zurich  England team

The 2003 World Shotokan Karate Association Championship took place at the Saalsporthall Stadium in Zurich on the 11 & 12 October.

The full squad in the above picture were (top row - left to right) Austin Shields, Vicky Phillips, Paula White, Zoe Campbell, John Bruce, Chris Cray, Shareena Edmonds, (bottom row - left to right) Matthew Price, Greg Hegarty, Michael Davidson, Dean Field, Liam O'Grady, Stuart Gordon, Jemma Mitcham, Duncan Randall and Tara Cummins.

The event was very well supported with almost 400 competitors taking part. European countries performed particularly well, with srong opposition, particularly from the USA, Russia, Canada, South Africa and Mexico.

The technical standard was extremely high and there was a great spirit and camaraderie, all of which created a terrific atmosphere.

The England Squad achieved the highest tally of gold medals - winning three of the ten events - as well as being placed in two others.

Zoe Campbell of Warwick University took first place in the Senior Female Kumite and John James Bruce of Ashington took first in the Junior Male Kumite, beating a very experienced fighter from Belgium in the final, despite dislocating his toe half way through the match.

The Senior Female Team took gold in the kumite. They went into their final match with Hungary on equal scores and Vicky Phillips from Salford Academy took the lead with a wazari (half point) and then clinched it with a perfectly executed and controlled kick to her opponent's head (see picture below) for an ippon (full point).

The Junior Male Team took the bronze in the kumite, narrowly beaten by Poland who went on to win the title.

The Men's Senior Team Kata (Matthew Price, Dean Field and Stuart Gordon) took 4th place, against some excellent opposition.

The KUGB English, Welsh and Scottish Squads all performed very well and their coaches can be justifiably proud.

Full Results:

Junior Male Kumite
1st John James Bruce, England
2nd Arnaud Vicaine, Belgium
3rd Michael Koza, Austria
3rd Andrzej Studzinski, Poland

Junior Team Kumite

1st Poland
2nd Lithuania
3rd Canada
3rd England

Ladies' Kata

1st Marie Niino, Germany
2nd Doris Gwinner, Austria
3rd Michele Saner, Switzerland
4th Ursula Inzinger, Austria

Ladies' Kumite

1st Zoe Campbell, England
2nd Marta Szymczak, Poland
3rd Elisabeth Fuchs, Austria
3rd Kristina Bosakova, Czech Republic

Ladies' Team Kata

1st Austria
2nd Germany
3rd Poland
4th Mexico

Ladies' Team Kumite

1st England
2nd Hungary
3rd Poland
3rd Mexico

Male Kumite

1st Dmitri Formiriakov, Russia
2nd Johan Scheuer, Sweden
3rd Shane Dorfmann, South Africa
3rd Witold Wojciechowski, Poland

Male Kata

1st Fabio Cattaneo, Italy
2nd Barbera Jesus Quinto, Spain
3rd Clay Morton, USA
4th Michael Mack, Germany

Male Team Kata

1st Italy
2nd Poland
3rd Germany
4th England

Male Team Kumite

1st Sweden
2nd USA
3rd Belgium
3rd Germany

Our congratulations to them and all of the Squads and our best wishes to them for the forthcoming ESKA European Championships in December - we are sure they will have great support from our members and friends.



Vicky Phillips scoring an ippon to give the England ladies' kumite team the title!



The ladies' team gold medal winners - Jemma Mitcham, Vicky Phillips, Shareena Edmonds and Zoe Campbell.



The men's team kata in action...



The men's team kata "airbourne".



Stuart Gordon, Dean Field and Matthew Price collect their team kata medals.



Tara Cummins in action.



John James Bruce (right) in the Junior Male Kumite.



John James Bruce (second from left) collecting his Junior Male Kumite gold, along with the other medal winners.



Zoe Campbell (left), the Ladies' Kumite winner, in action.



The full Scottish squad.



The full Welsh squad.



The England line-up.



Matthew Price in the kata event.



Matthew Price vs Adolfson from Sweden in the individual kumite.



Zoe Campbell with her gold medal for the ladies' kumite.

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