Great results for Ashington club at national karate championships

Ashington Karate Club members, from left, Gemma Gibson, Niamh Duddridge, Louie Cummings and Maya Burns.
Ashington Karate Club members, from left, Gemma Gibson, Niamh Duddridge, Louie Cummings and Maya Burns.

With a squad of only eight competitors travelling at the weekend for the KUGB National Championships, Ashington Karate Club achieved some of their best results for several years.

The young students are starting to benefit from years of hard work and dedication to training.

All competitors managed to win several rounds in their respective categories, with several getting close to qualifying for the finals.

Two girls, Niamh Duddridge and Gemma Gibson won through to the finals and had to fight each other to determine who would be crowned national champion for the under 5’3” girls’ category.

And it was Duddridge who came through the winner to take the national title in a spirited contest.

Because Duddridge had won the girls’ kumite and been placed in the team kata, she was awarded best overall junior out of hundreds of competitors and was presented with the Charlie Naylor Memorial Trophy by Sensei Andy Sherry.

Louie Cummings came second in the boys’ 5’ to 5’5” kumite category, as well as being a member of the team kata.

The junior team kata was one of those who progressed to the finals and secured fourth place - no mean achievement for a newly formed team of Maya Burns, Louie Cummings and Niamh Duddridge.