Team Kingsthorpe ECKA from Northampton celebrate success of new British champions

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A small team of the older teenagers from Kingsthorpe ECKA went to the WMO British Championships held in Rugby.

The kids aged between 13 and 16 went with their sights set on glory and were not disappointed. With some fabulously entertaining and tough fights and a great performance from the individuals they couldn’t have been more pleased with the results against some truly magnificent sports men and women.

Both Joe Watkins and Norbert Gawrysiak came away as WMO British Champions - Joe in both the +70kg 16-17 year old juniors and also in the -70kg Mens section and Norbert in the -60kg points 13-15 year old boys; Chloe Thompson took bronze in the -50kg points 13 – 15 year old girls.

Sadly, Tom Symons had to withdraw after winning his first continuous fight due to a continued ribs injury. Joe, Norbert and Chloe are now part of the WMO England squad and will represent their country at the WMO World Championships in October.

More recently, the team headed off to the WAKO British Championships in Birmingham, a two day event, with continuous fights taking place on the Saturday and points and full contact, as well as forms on the Sunday.

A larger team ECKA went to WAKO and this was a chance for the younger ones to shine. Jonny Harris, aged just 9, took the WAKO British Champion title in the -37kg category, fighting his team mate Daniel Rainbird in the final who took silver.

Jasmine Rainbird took a bronze. Ethan Brittain, aged just 10, had to fight in a -16 year old category -32kg and did very well on this outing. The older competitors, Norbert, Chloe and Joe didn’t have success at these championships but were exceptionally happy with their performance against many world champions in very large and strong categories with lots of learning to be taken away from it.

Joe (who fought as part of the WAKO GB team in Italy last September) and Tom, will be trying out for WAKO GB team selections in July at a Training Weekend in Shropshire. Those selected will go as part of the GB team to the European Championships in Spain in September.