York Elite Shotokan Karate Club at the 3rd Sunderland Karate Championships

On Sunday 1st July we took a full squad of 27 competitors to the Sunderland Karate Championships at the City Space centre at Sunderland University. This competition is aimed at junior members and is now in its’ 3rd year, this year attracting over 160 entries.

The Squad made up of a mix of juniors and children competing in 12 out of the 14 categories and was as follows:

Juniors: Fraser Grice, Jason Crowther, Sammi King and Dean Sparrow

Children: Joseph Lines, Harvey Hunter, Thomas Crowther, Anthony Coatesworth, James McNichol, Cayleigh McCartney, Emily Drysdale, Julia Coatesworth, Jordan O’Hara, Paddy Beer, Oliver Lines, Sam Blundell, Mackenzie Hunter, Cameron Pringle, Carly Pringle, Olivia O’Hara, Daniel Mercer and Luke Burnett.

The squad was very well supported by a loud contingent of family and friends in the audience and by Senseis Simon Crowther, Jayne Drysdale and Jane Crowther acting as club coaches on the day. Rob McCartney was there in an official capacity as one of the senior referees. Once again the squad did themselves very proud with most getting past the first round and roughly a third getting to the quarter finals in their categories.

We had quite a successful day in that we came home with a good haul of medals.




Sammi King

11-15 yrs Girls Kumite


Carly Pringle

Under 16 yrs Brown belt Kata


Jason Crowther

15-17 yrs Male Kumite


Emily Drysdale

11-15 yrs Girls Kumite


James McNichol

11-14 yrs Boys (under 5ft) Kumite


Luke Burnett

Under 16 novice – purple & white belt Kata


Ones to watch out for was our “formed on the day” team kata of Joesph Lines, Anthony Coatesworth and James McNichol who beat our other two official teams through to the last 8 before the finals. Also worthy of note was Carly Pringle who not only won the Under 16 yrs Brown belt Kata but managed to do it at the age of 9!. Bring on the National Youth Championships next weekend and the Shotokan Cup later in the year!

And finally our thanks to John, Holly and all at Sendai Kushiro for hosting a well run and very enjoyable tournament on the day.

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