Photos are available from here (taken by John for Hartlepool Wadokai)
Professional event Photographs are also available here (taken by Michael’s photography)
Thank you for supporting the Tyne & Wear Invitational Karate Championships at Nissan. The event is this Sunday (27th November). This has been over a year in the planning and is a completely new event for us to host. It is also the first time Nissan have hosted a Karate event at the Sunderland plant. We secured corporate sponsorship, so that we could deliberately keep the entry numbers low, and the quality high.
For most of us, it will be the last competition of the year so we are grateful that have chosen to come along.
Please read the following information carefully:
The full venue address is:
Nissan Sport & Leisure Complex, Washington Road, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, SR5 3NS. The doors open at 8.30am, for a 9am start on Sunday.
We have attached a document with directions and a map.
Athletes, coaches and spectators
All athletes, coaches and spectators will be issued with wrist bands upon registering. We are guests on the Nissan site and security is very important, so we must ask that you wear these at all times. Security staff will be on site and they may ask you to leave if you don’t have a wrist band on. We have limited number of goodie bags for competitors, these will be on a first come, first served basis.
If you are still looking for accommodation, then our hotel partner – The Holiday Inn Washington, is offering double rooms and breakfast for £55. Tel 0191 4189400 to book (just mention the Karate comp). The hotel address is: Holiday Inn Washington: Emerson, Washington, Tyne & Wear, NE37 1LB.
The hospitality at Nissan is outstanding. They have put together bespoke menu’s for visitors on Sunday, at great prices. We’ve included the menu’s for your information. There will also be fully stocked vending machines.
Nissan have made their on-site gym available to athletes and coaches on the day of the championships. This is strictly for 16 years and above, and is free of charge. Please bring suitable clothing if you wish to make use of this.
Running Order & Arrival Time
We have attached a provisional running order (this is only a guide and may change on the day). All competitors 13 years and under should arrive ready to start for 9am prompt. Most 14 years and above competitors will be able to arrive for a 1pm start. Please note that weight checks will be done at registration for some sections.
Please make your way through the car park to the Nissan Leisure Complex.
You have special arrangements to pass beyond the Entrance Gates Inner compound and park in the Designated VIP & Officials Parking area. Please look for the large sign.
The Nissan Steward will park you up and introduce you to Victoria who will be your hospitality Ambassador for the day. Victoria will take you to the Hospitality area within the Leisure Complex pavilion where you can have some breakfast.
There is a designated VIP area for officials to use throughout the day, with staff on hand to look after you. A special lunch menu has also been put together for you, and you might even get a goodie bag!.
Please note that arrangements (including expenses) have only been made for officials who have pre-registered through myself or Harold, due to the special nature of this event, we are unable to accept additional officials on the day.
If you have any last minute questions, then please contact me on 07984 798634.
Finally reminder that today is the closing date for all entries.
Please submit your entries today, or you may end up missing out.
Just 3 weeks until we host the Tyne & Wear Invitational Karate Championships at NISSAN. Entries (from invited clubs) need to be in no later that Monday 21st November – entries will also be strictly capped so we urge you to submit them early to avoid disappointment.
We would like to thank our sponsors:
Today four members of Hartlepool Wadokai Karate Club start a road trip with a difference. They are meeting some team mates in Leicester, then jumping on one of a number of coaches that will be taking the entire squad to compete in the Federation European Wadokai Karate Championships in Liege, Belgium.
The Hartlepool Four are competing as part of the Wadokai England Team.
Joe Flounders (12) is competing in Kumite (fighting), Joe Hind (14) Kata, Harvey Kerridge (14) Kumite and Kata and Lewis Muldown (18) Kumite and Kata.
All four lads have worked their socks off this year to keep their England places, training at our Hartlepool Wadokai club a minimum of four nights a week, and most weekends. Including monthly England squad training in Leicester/Birmingham and entering regular competitions. They have been joined in this gruelling regime by fellow squad mates Mollie Cooper, Daniel Spires (who himself medalled in Portugal in July) and Paul White who aren’t competing in Belgium this year.
They travel with the full support of their families, their team mates at the club and the town behind them. Go and smash it guys!
About Wadokai England
Wadokai England is an organisation made up of hundreds of independent clubs/associations across the country. They all come together each month to train with some of the best Wadokai coaches in the country, headed by Sakagami Sensei, 8th Dan. A squad is selected each year to compete at the European championships and to periodically enter the Wado World Championships.
Wadokai England members are very active in Sport Karate, and the squad has a proven track record of giving athletes international competitive experience, before aiming for a spot on the English Karate Federation (all styles) national team. Some of the biggest domestic competitions are also ran by Wadokai England members. The organisation will also be hosting the next Wado World Championships in 2018.
About the club
Hartlepool Wadokai is a family run, non-profit Karate Club. We have Karate classes for 5 years+ and Little Ninjas classes for 3-7 years. Beginners are always welcome at the club.
The club also hosts the North East Open Karate Championships 2x per year & the Tyne & Wear Invitational Karate Championships at NISSAN.