Northern Open Classic 2014

12 Wado UK competitors visited the Birchwood Tennis Centre in Warrington on 11th May, for the Northern open Classic Karate Championships. This is a regular event on our calendar, and one of our selected Wado UK Squad competitions. Many of those in attendance are now well on the way to achieving our squad status, and all but one of those competing won medals.

The medal tally by the end of the day stood at 2 Gold, 8 Silver and 7 Bronze. An excellent result for the youngsters representing their East Hull Woodford, Chikara and Hull Zanshin Clubs.

Kata as always delivered the first medals success, the best of which were a brace of gold's for the individual efforts of Amrit Dhesi and the Chikara team of Thomas Balaam-Reed, Calum Longmuir and Lauren Horner. Not far behind collecting an excellent 5 silver medals in their individual categories were brother and sister Teerth and Charan Dhesi, Thomas Balaam-Reed, Briane Goff and Paul Foster.
There were Bronze medals too, with Ellis Miller and Lauren Horner gaining individual honors, and the pairings of Oliver Dearing and Teerth Dhesi, and Thomas Balaam-Reed and Lauren Horner following suit. A final kata medal went to the team of Amrit Dhesi, Ellis Miller and Ben Mitchell.

Kumite medals though not as plentiful were still pleasingly numerous. The best individual performance came from Lauren Horner who took a silver in her category, with Charan Dhesi and Briane Goff achieving Bronze medal positions. There were two final silver medals which would complete the day for our competitors, and they would be in 2 team categories. Both teams would have an element of drama, as the girls team of Lauren Horner and Charan Dhesi was just that, a team of two. However this didn't prevent them from winning their first match 2-0, and narrowly missing out on a further win and a place in the final. The boys team of Oliver Dearing Teerth Dhesi and Ellis Miller always provides high drama, and this occasion would be no exception. Competing over three rounds by the time they reached the final, the semi and final were also contested with just two competitors like the girls matches. The reason for this was that in the first round, Teerth was judged to have attacked without control and was disqualified. This followed Oliver's drawn bout against a young man who matched the height of the officials, however the draw set up the team with a good opportunity to progress, but the disqualification meant Ellis had to win by maximum points just to force a re-match. With grit and determination Ellis did just this, and went on to contest the extra match too, gaining a win through disqualification and putting the team in the semi final. By now Ellis was withdrawn on the orders of the referee and the ten second rule, and Oliver and Teerth were now down to two. A calculated risk saw our team fight in position 2 and 3, sacrificing the first match to maximum points. This meant that Oliver and Teerth had to win, and they did. Oliver winning in the dying seconds with a head kick which saw him score the three points needed. The same gamble was employed in the final but this time we came unstuck. Facing the formidable CEK group you always need a full team, not one depleted through injury. However the boys both fought well and should be proud of what they achieved, as should all of our youngsters taking part on the day.

One thing we should mention is that whilst I was on the area a comment was made about our competitors. The comment was that our youngsters are all very polite and this was a really nice thing to be told. I will be passing on this message to those who I come into contact with, but I would ask that parents and coaches reading this to please do the same.

Finally our usual but very necessary thanks to Steve and Tracy Balaam-Reed and Gaynor Dent for coaching, and of course to all of the parents for supporting our efforts and their children.


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