Nine medal haul for Rathangan karate club

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Nine medal haul for Rathangan karate club

Club members and coaches

Member of the karate club in Rathangan participated successfully in competition in competition in Carlow recently .

The WMAI junior squad from Rathangan School of Karate came away from the the Wado Club Karate Championships in Carlow with nine medals, including three gold awards.

The school was set up by Sean O’Brien who also has a school in Newcastle, Co. Dublin and two members from there also won medals, including a gold.

“This was a great boost for the clubs and WADO Martial Arts Ireland (the governing body). Rathangan School of Karate have gone from strength to strength in the past few months with a lot of hard work and dedication from each student and the time and effort they put in is beginning to show particularly in the last few competitions,” he said.

The next competitive event will be a grading process and a return to training for a competition in Liverpool in January.The Rathangan medal winners were:Morgan Kearney (silver 6-10 years kata); Mia Kearney (bronze in the 6/10yrs kata, gold in 9-11 years kumite);  Sophie Reid (gold in the 11/15yrs kata and gold in the 11-13 years kumite); Neila Stenson (silver in the 11/15yrs kata and silver in the 11-13 years kumite); Ella McLoughlin (silver 9-11 kumite); Morgan Kearney from Rathangan (bronze in the 9-11yrs kumite). Kristian Hyland from Newcastle took bronze in the 9/11yrs kumite.

Daniel Keegan and Kristian Hyland from Newcastle took gold in the 6/8yrs Kumite and bronze in the 9-10 years kumite respectively.

Rathangan School of Karate train on Thursday 6.30pm to 7.30pm in the Rathangan community centre and welcome new members from 7 years upwards.