On Sunday 23rd June, York Elite sent a 20 strong team to The 4th Sunderland Championships: Fraser Grice, Sammi King, Connor Dunckley, Rosa Kerr, Cayleigh McCartney, Julia Coatesworth, Joseph and Oliver Lines, James McNichol, Liam Hampton, Cei and Kade Reynolds, Harvey and Mackenzie Hunter, Sam and Ellie Blundell, Carly and Cameron Pringle, Zosia Johnson, and Jed Weston.

For two of the team, Jed and Ellie, this was their first taste of competition, and both can be very proud of their performances. The others, whilst very youthful, are becoming seasoned campaigners, and what a stunning day they had! The team demonstrated the skill, grit, bravery and fighting spirit that is a huge credit to them, their family, and their instructors.

Members of York Elite came home with 3 champions, and 5 bronze medals. There were many other great performances in the elimination rounds too.

All but 1 of the medals were won in kumite events. Carly won the 10 years and under girls category, without ever looking troubled. A stunning display. She also had the biggest grin of the day.

There was strong representation in the 10 years and under boys event. Sam had 3 very short fights to get to the semi final, winning with ippon each time, before eventually losing to Oliver. A well earned bronze for Sam. Oliver’s hardest fights had been against his own club mates in the elimination rounds. He comfortably won the final, with his best display of the day.

Liam looked sharp throughout to win the boys 11 – 14 under 5ft event, a worthy champion. Fraser and Sammi both added bronze medals to their already substantial collections. Both were sharp; how Sammi didn’t win her semi-final will long remain a mystery! This competition had an under 16 mixed team kumite event, with Sammi, Joseph and James fighting, with Liam reserve. The team fought hard and well, to get bronze in a tough event.

In the kata events, Rosa’s stylish Jion won 3rd in the under 16 black belt group. Two teams were entered in the mixed team kata, York Elite A comprised Rosa, Cayleigh and Julia; York Elite B Connor, Carly, and Oliver. Both teams reached the semi-final stage and just missed out on the finals by a whisker, with the finalists largely consisting of adults, and England squad members. York Elite B were understandably proud of finishing higher than the A team!

Overall a very enjoyable and very successful day. As always these events rely on the fantastic support of parents. The York Elite team were very vocal in their support, With Katie McNichol winning ‘whooper of the day’.

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