Last weekend a number of club members were in Lisbon, Portugal for the 38th European Wadokai Karate Championships. They were selected as part of the 50 strong Wadokai England Karate Team. The Hartlepool competitors were Carl Jorgeson, Amy Jorgeson, Jasmin Langley & Bailey Reed. They were supported by Sensei Lynne Jorgeson & Sensei Michael Jorgeson who were both Refereeing & Judging at the event and also a number of parents.
The entire England Team performed very well and brought back over 60 medals in all (awaiting exact medal count), the four Hartlepool Wadokai competitors brought back an impressive 14 medals between them. They were 7 GOLD, 2 SILVER, 5 BRONZE.
GOLD – INDIVIDUAL KATA, BOYS, 12-13YRS
GOLD – INDIVIDUAL KUMITE, BOYS, 12-13YRS
GOLD – TEAM KATA, BOYS, 12-13YRS
SILVER – TEAM KUMITE, BOYS, 12-13YRS
GOLD – TEAM KATA, GIRLS, 14-15YRS
SILVER – TEAM KUMITE, GIRLS, 14-15YRS
BRONZE – INDIVIDUAL KATA, GIRLS, 14-15YRS
BRONZE – INDIVIDUAL KUMITE, GIRLS, 14-15YRS
GOLD – TEAM KATA, FEMALE, 18YRS+
GOLD – TEAM KUMITE, FEMALE, 18YRS+
BRONZE – INDIVIDUAL KUMITE, FEMALE, 18YRS+, -60KG
GOLD – TEAM KATA, MALE, 18YRS+
BRONZE – INDIVIDUAL KUMITE, MALE, 18YRS+, +84KG
BRONZE – INDIVIDUAL KATA, MALE, 18YRS+
Us coaches believed that Bailey & Jasmin both had the potential to medal at the event, despite this being their first ever European Championships (or they wouldn’t have been selected) but we were obviously very pleased with the actual results. Both competitors were tasked to train 15-20 hours a week for the past 6 months in preparation, then weekend training camps and competitions on top so they definitely deserve their massive medal haul.
On a personal note, I’d like to thank all of the club members who helped raise funds for the event and also to the other club members who formed an integral part of the athlete support network by keeping the four of us motivated, pushed us that little bit further and gave us a beating when we were too slow in fight training! I’d also like to thank the Sports Coaching staff at Hartlepool College of Further Education for their training advice and the use of their world class Cryospa which all helped to get us older competitors fit for the event.
Not wanting to take this result for granted, we’ve already started planning for next year’s European Championships which are looking to be held in Italy (Rome or Venice). Over the coming months we’ll be pre-selecting potential Hartlepool Wadokai students who can then try for the Wadokai England Team. If you would like to be considered for the squad next year then you should speak to Carl or Amy as soon as possible.