Westwood are the top Shotokan squad

First published in Sport

WESTWOOD Karate Academy members were the most successful squad at this year’s Legend Open Shotokan Karate Championships held in Bracknell.

Academy instructors, Lee Wiseman and Charlie Tarr – members of the club’s squad – were both medal winners when teams reached the prestigious team kumite final which tested sparring skills to the full.

Wiseman won gold as an A team member and Tarr begged silver.

Another member of the Westwood instructing team, Marites Tomlinson, also won gold as the top performer in the women’s black belt kata contest.

Tomlinson also won two bronze medals in the women’s team kata and kumite events alongside team mates Kiersty Johnston and Beth Stansfield.

Johnston also won a joint third bronze medal in the women’s brown and black belt individual kumite, along with brown belt Julie Farrell, who put in a fantastic performance in her first major competition.

Bronze medals were also won for the Academy in the men’s coloured belt events.

David Webb finished third in the kata contest and Darren Jackson was third in kumite.

The Academy’s junior and cadet members were just as successful in their events.

Elliot Saggers won gold in the eleven and under black belt Kata event, and the team kata was won by Mason Gill, Michael Williams and Ben Brown.

Williams also won a bronze medal in the individual kata event.

The coloured belt team kata was won by the Westwood team of Daniel Allen, Reece Ward and George Carson, and third place was won by Charlie Caskey, Caitlin Day and Taylor Pracy.

Daniel and Reece also won bronze medals in their individual kata events.

Holly Brown won a silver medal after a hard fought final in the very competitive girls brown and black belt kumite final.

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