Donegal’s Ulster Karate-Do Federation members had been very profitable on the latest WUKF World Karate Championship in Scotland, successful three gold medals within the prestigious worldwide occasion.
Erin McCole, from Quigley’s Level, put in one other sterling efficiency so as to add a world championship title in senior Wado Kata to her latest WUKF European Karate Championship gold medal in the identical self-discipline.
Michael Gillespie, from Tooban (13) additionally got here out on prime, successful gold within the Mini Cadets Wado Kata part, whereas Patrick (PJ) Moynihan, from Derry (15) continued his run of spectacular kind with a gold medal within the Wado Kata Cadets part and a bronze medal in particular person kumite.
UKF karate teacher at Aileach and Crana karate golf equipment, Sensei Seamus Gillespie (44) delivered a formidable show to safe a bronze medal in his particular person kumite part.
There have been additionally two particular person kumite bronze medals for Buncrana’s Killian Doherty (16) and Quigley’s Level’s Bebhinn McCole (14), who each noticed off stiff competitors for his or her well-deserved locations on the rostrum.
Amy Adair secured silver with a robust show in Senior Wado Kata, with teammate Erin McCole successful the part.
15 native karatekas and relations, underneath the watchful eyes of coaches Martin and Erin McCole, joined 1000’s of athletes, coaches, officers and spectators within the Dundee Ice Enviornment from July thirteenth to the sixteenth, for what was one of many largest occasions within the historical past of the WUKF.
Additionally competing within the occasion, with some very robust performances in extremely aggressive sections, had been Fabi d’Almeida (Fahan), Patrick Gillespie (Tooban), Jamie Cuffe (Burnfoot), Vanessa Cuffe (Burnfoot), Joe McDaid (Greencastle), Harry McDaid (Greencastle), Daniel Moynihan (Derry) and Jack Moynihan (Derry).
UKF Head Coach Martin McCole stated the medals haul was a proud second for the UKF, and he was little doubt significantly pleased with his daughters Erin (gold) and Bebhinn (bronze) on their medal-winning performances.
“It was unbelievable to see the starvation that the entire UKF squad members had for competing on the highest degree in opposition to the very best the world has to supply,” he stated.
“Our college students all got here away with much more starvation for fulfillment, significantly as there have been a couple of occasions during which we solely simply missed out on medals.
“As coach, it was nice to see the hearth everybody had of their performances on the most important stage, and significantly seeing the nice potential of the youthful college students within the group who will come away from the expertise a lot stronger.”
The squad will now take a two-week summer time break, earlier than coaching for the Karate Eire Open Nationwide Championship in Waterford and WUKF European Championship occasion in France in November begins.
UKF President, Sensei Columba McLaughlin (sixth Dan), who lives in Carndonagh, headed up the WUKF disciplinary and anti-doping fee on the WUKF World Karate Championship in Dundee.
Sensei Denis Donaghey (fifth Dan), a WUKF Senior World Referee, from Aileach Karate Membership in Burnfoot — the non secular dwelling of the UKF — officiated on the occasion.
Donegal opponents strike gold at World Karate Championship was final modified: August 1st, 2023 by