WESTWOOD Karate Academy shone brightly at the World Union of Karate Federation European Championships.

The event, in Malta, was attended by more than 1,000 competitors from 55 karate federations.

And the 16 members of Westwood Karate Academy - selected to represent England by TSKUK - returned home with a fantastic total of 23 medals.

Mason and Harrison Gill are both full-time instructors with Westwood Academy.

And, with brother Brandon, they led the way for the club, winning an incredible five gold medals between them.

Mason and Harrison were members of the 18-20 years kumite team which won both the standard and rotational events, beating an Italian team on both occasions, and making them double European champions.

Mason also reached the final of his individual kata event.

Brandon won his gold medal as a member of the 15-17 years kumite team.

And he also won bronze in the rotational team kumite along with team-mates Reece Ward and George Carson.

Caitlin Day and Ellie Worth were members of the female 15-17 years kumite team which reached the final and finished as runners-up.

They also won bronze medals in the rotational team kumite event.

Fourteen-year-old Daniel Allen reached the final of his individual kumite event and won the silver medal.

He also won bronze as a member of the 13-14 years rotational kumite team.

Another individual silver medallist was Jasmine Harmon, in the children’s kata event.

She also teamed up with Sienna Keenan and Hollie Norfolk to win another silver in the children’s team kata.

In the older children’s age group, Mya Francis was another double medallist, winning bronze in her individual kumite event, and another as a member of the rotational kumite team.

The boys kata team of Brandon Aguinaldo, Mac Oats and Finn Tyrell also finished in third place.

And Westwood’s chief instructor Alan Parrish was delighted by the club’s displays.

“We are so pleased with the results and very proud of the whole squad,” said Parrish.

“It was a fantastic experience for them to be part of such a large, prestigious event.”

Anyone interested in karate classes can contact Helen by phone on 01702 479197, email westwoodkarate1@btinternet.com or visit www.westwoodkarateacademy.co.uk for more information.