Donegal’s Ulster Karate-Do Federation members were very successful at the recent WUKF World Karate Championship in Scotland, winning three gold medals in the prestigious international event.
Erin McCole, from Quigley’s Point, put in another sterling performance to add a world championship title in senior Wado Kata to her recent WUKF European Karate Championship gold medal in the same discipline.
Michael Gillespie, from Tooban (13) also came out on top, winning gold in the Mini Cadets Wado Kata section, while Patrick (PJ) Moynihan, from Derry (15) continued his run of impressive form with a gold medal in the Wado Kata Cadets section and a bronze medal in individual kumite.
UKF karate instructor at Aileach and Crana karate clubs, Sensei Seamus Gillespie (44) delivered an impressive display to secure a bronze medal in his individual kumite section.
There were also two individual kumite bronze medals for Buncrana’s Killian Doherty (16) and Quigley’s Point’s Bebhinn McCole (14), who both saw off stiff competition for their well-deserved places on the podium.
Amy Adair secured silver with a powerful display in Senior Wado Kata, with teammate Erin McCole winning the section.
15 local karatekas and family members, under the watchful eyes of coaches Martin and Erin McCole, joined thousands of athletes, coaches, officials and spectators in the Dundee Ice Arena from July 13th to the 16th, for what was one of the biggest events in the history of the WUKF.
Also competing in the event, with some very strong performances in highly competitive sections, were 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 said the medals haul was a proud moment for the UKF, and he was no doubt particularly proud of his daughters Erin (gold) and Bebhinn (bronze) on their medal-winning performances.
“It was fantastic to see the hunger that all of the UKF squad members had for competing at the highest level against the best the world has to offer,” he said.
“Our students all came away with even more hunger for success, particularly as there were a few events in which we only just missed out on medals.
“As coach, it was great to see the fire everyone had in their performances on the biggest stage, and particularly seeing the great potential of the younger students in the group who will come away from the experience much stronger.”
The squad will now take a two-week summer break, before training for the Karate Ireland Open National Championship in Waterford and WUKF European Championship event in France in November begins.
UKF President, Sensei Columba McLaughlin (6th Dan), who lives in Carndonagh, headed up the WUKF disciplinary and anti-doping commission at the WUKF World Karate Championship in Dundee.
Sensei Denis Donaghey (5th Dan), a WUKF Senior World Referee, from Aileach Karate Club in Burnfoot — the spiritual home of the UKF — officiated at the event.Tags: