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After a troublesome year, plagued by injury and illness 15-year-old Tasha Paton, twice British champion and winner of no fewer than 13 WKGB Welsh titles, has made an extremely successful comeback to the competitive scene.

At two of South Wales' biggest traditional Karate tournaments, which took place a week apart at Port Talbot's Afan Lido, the Vale Karate Club member was the winner of five individual titles.

At the Welsh Bushi-Kai Invitational Championships she won the hotly-contested under-16 Kata, beating the Welsh Karate Collective's Perry Wilson in the final with her Vale Karate team-mate Elliot Evans and the Welsh Karate Union's Katy Hallett in bronze medal positions.

She then went on to capture the double, beating the WKU's Sloane Kinsella in the final of the under-16 girls Kumite, with the WKU duo of Bethany and Ashley Davies also earning places on the podium.

A week later the Welsh Karate Association hosted their traditional Open at the same venue.

She was again champion in the under-16 Kata, this time beating team-mates Hannah Gibbon and Dana Yee in the semi-finals and final respectively.

She then successfully applied to move up an age category in both Kata, where she won the Ladies event and Kumite where she was successful in the 16-18 Cadet event.

Vale Karate Chief Instructor and head coach Rob Copeland said: "It's great to see Tasha making such a successful comeback.

"Next year she will be competing in the Female Cadet events for 16 and 17 year-olds, which is a big step up, but I'm confident she has the talent to continue to compete successfully."

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Oct 17, 2007
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