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Martial arts: Super six off to Portugal in search of title success

Posted by bcka.wizard@gmail.com on October 22, 2014 at 8:00 AM

 

The Peterborough BCKA club have six of their fighters preparing to take on the world.

 

Representing England in the WKC World Karate and Kick-boxing Championships in Portugal next month will be Chelsea Munday, Leon Gold, Jaden Harris, Grant Brown, Freya Molloy and Eddie Paddock.

 

The championships take place in Albufeira from November 1-4.

 

Proud coach Andy Whitwell said: “It’s a great achievement to have six fighters from one club competing and I am obviously very proud.

 

“And I am confident they will do very well. They really are six of the best.

 

“I cannot praise them enough. They are all single-minded in the pursuit for excellence and by training as often and as hard as they do, and being as focused as they are, they are giving themselves a great opportunity to win a medal and possibly come home as a world champion.”

 

To qualify for the WKC World Championships fighters had to win medals at the WKC British Championships.

 

And there were in fact seven Peterborough fighters who achieved that but Courtney Brown from Whittlesey is unable to travel due to family commitments.

 

The six making the trip have won an impressive 52 titles in 2014, 25 of which have been either British or European. A further 21 titles were gained at open competitions.

 

The outstanding students train five to six times a week and apart from improving their skills they also do a lot of road running and circuit training.

 

Whitwell added: “And it is not only on the competition mats where their success has manifested. Many of them have also had sports awards presented to them and this is a direct result of the performances within martial arts and I am proud to say that I have been a big part of their progress and development.”

 

Freya Molloy is the reigning Peterborough Telegraph Junior Sportswoman of the Year and Chelsea Munday and Eddy Paddock were runners-up in their categories, while Jaden Harris was voted Ken Stimpson School Sports Personality of the Year and Paddock the Sir Harry Smith Community College Sports Personality of the Year

 

The six are always on the lookout for sponsors and if anybody is willing to help they can contact Andy Whitwell on 07969792286 or e-mail bcka.wizard@gmail.com

 

Major honours won in 2014

 

CHELSEA MUNDAY

 

BCKA Nationals: Gold (1)

 

WKC British Championships: Gold (2), Silver (1), Bronze (1)

 

WKC European Open Championships: Bronze (1)

 

WKKC English Championships: Silver (1), Bronze (1)

 

LEON GOLD

 

WKC British Championships: Bronze (1)

 

WKC European Open Championships: Silver (1), Bronze (1)

 

JADEN HARRIS

 

WKC British Championships: Gold (1), Bronze (3)

 

WKC European Open Championships: Silver (1), Bronze (2)

 

FSK Grand Championships: Gold (2), Silver (1)

 

WKKC English Championships: Gold (1), Bronze (2)

 

Irish Open: Bronze (1)

 

BCKA Nationals: Gold (2), Silver (1)

 

GRANT BROWN

 

FSK Grand Championships : Silver (1)

 

WKC English National Championships: Bronze (1)

 

WKC European Open Championships: Silver (1)

 

BCKA Nationals: Silver (2)

 

FREYA MOLLOY

 

FSK Grand Championships: Bronze (2)

 

WKC British Championships: Gold (1), Silver (1), Bronze (1)

 

WKC European Open Championships: Gold (1), Dilver (3)

 

WKKC English Championships: Gold (1), Silver (1)

 

WAKO Open

 

Silver (1)

 

BCKA Nationals: Gold (2), Silver (1)

 

EDDY PADDOCK

 

WKC British Championships: Gold (2), Silver (2)

 

Irish Open: Gold (2)

 

WKKC English Championships: Gold (2), Silver (1)

 

BCKA Nationals: Gold (4)

 

WKC European Open Championships: Bronze (2)

 

FSK Grand Championships: Gold (1), Silver (1)

 

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