Karate: Goldthorpe’s UK championship hopefuls impress

Youngsters belonging to the SKPF Shotokan Karate Association were chosen to represent the UK in the European Karate championships in October at Sheffield this year. The nine association members are pictured her with their coaches. Lining up, back row, from left, are coach Paul Filenczuk, Eve Sykes, aged 12, Kieron Malyan, aged 18, Jordan Davis, aged 14, and coaches Alan Pennington and Rob McGrevy; front, Ashley Axon, aged nine, Jay Ward, also aged nine, Emily Goulding, aged eight, Bradley McGuire, aged nine, Joshua Ormistom, also aged nine, and Thomas Riley, aged eight.
Youngsters belonging to the SKPF Shotokan Karate Association were chosen to represent the UK in the European Karate championships in October at Sheffield this year. The nine association members are pictured her with their coaches. Lining up, back row, from left, are coach Paul Filenczuk, Eve Sykes, aged 12, Kieron Malyan, aged 18, Jordan Davis, aged 14, and coaches Alan Pennington and Rob McGrevy; front, Ashley Axon, aged nine, Jay Ward, also aged nine, Emily Goulding, aged eight, Bradley McGuire, aged nine, Joshua Ormistom, also aged nine, and Thomas Riley, aged eight.

Hard-work pays off - that’s the message for a group of karate kids who have just represented the UK.

Nine young members of SKPF Shotokan Karate Association all impressed during their WUKF European Karate Championships bow in Sheffield last week.

In particular, nine-year-old duo Ashley Axon and Joshua Ormiston won their first two fights but were eventually knocked out in their final bouts.

The pair were selected from their Goldthorpe-based team alongside training pals Thomas Riley, Emily Goulding, Bradley Mcguire, Jay Ward, Eve Sykes, Jordan Davies and Keiron Malyan to take part in the elite competition at the English Institute of Sport.

The group, ranging from the ages of eight to 18, were part of the 80-strong English Karate Alliance which brought home a number of medals altogether.

A club spokesman said: “They were really confident and did us proud.

“It just shows that hard work and dedication can pay off.”

The group’s mentors are Sensei athletes Rob McGrevy, Paul Filenczuk, Alan Pennington and Sarah Ward.

The club trains weekly at Union Jack (Comrades Club)in Goldthorpe’s High Street, as well as The Venue in Sheffield Road, Birdwell.