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Mersey stars fighting it out for top ranking.

THE KARATE Union of Great Britain held its 39th National Championships at Birmingham's National Indoor Arena.

Over 600 fighters, male and female and of all ages and grades, took part in the competition, the biggest singlestyle competition in Britain.

The level of competition was of a very high standard, with many Junior and Senior Squad members fighting for a place on the teams to represent KUGB England, Wales and Scotland at the World Shotokan Karate Association Championships in Chicago this October.

Meanwhile, Liverpool Youth Championships took place earlier this month. The fifth year of the annual event, which was organised by the Red Triangle Karate Club raised pounds 2, 434 with all profits going to The Lord Mayor of Liverpool's Fund The 165 competitors came from throughout Great Britain and Ireland, with the following results being obtained by local clubs

Male Junior Kumite (16-17 years): 1 Jonathan McGorian (Halewood) 2 Adam Hodgson (Halewood) 3 Alan Hesketh (Liverpool Red Triangle). Male Junior Kumite (18-20 years): 1 Anthony Duffy (Liverpool Red Triangle) 2 Christopher Cray (Malvern) 3 Daniel O'Donnell (Malvern). Male Junior Kata: Anthony Duffy (Liverpool Red Triangle) 2 Andrew Leong (St John's) 4 Alan Hesketh (Liverpool Red Triangle). Boys Ippon Kumite: 1 Michael Hopkins (St. John's) 2Liam Tomlinson (Kirkby) 3 Paul James (St. John's). Girls Ippon Kumite: Cathy Cartwright (West Kirby). Boys Individual Kumite (10-11 years) 1 Hisham Saif Al-Ghazali 2 Mathew Frederick St. Helens. Boys Individual Kumite: 2 David Burke (Liverpool Red Triangle). Boys Individual Kumite (5ft 5" and over): 2 Adam Burke (Liverpool Red Triangle). Girls Individual Kumite (under 5ft 3"): 3 Clare Head (Ellesmere Port) Haley Davock (St Helens). Girls Individual Kumite (5ft 3" and over): Janine Collins (St John's) 2 Jamie-Lea Jackson (Kirkby) 3 Laura Johnston (Malvern). Children's Kata (Novice t o 4th Kyu): 1 Adam Burke (Liverpool Red Triangle) 4 Sarah Rabet (Arabic Girls). Children's Kata (3rd Kyu and above): 2 Hisham Saif (Al-Ghazali). Mixed Team Kata: 2 Kirkby A 4 Ellesmere Port National Championships results: Male Junior Kumite 18-20: 1 Chris Cray (Malvern) 2 Antony Duffy (Red Triangle) 3 James Campbell (Halewood). Male Junior Kumite 16 -17: 1 Adam Hodgson (Halewood) 2 Jonatahan McGorian (Halewood) 3 K Hayes (Kirkby). Girls Kumite 5' 3' and over: 1 Janine Collins (St Johns) 2 Jamie Jackson (Kirkby) 3 Laura Johnston (Malvern). Children's Kata (4th kyu and below): 1 Adam Burke (Red Triangle) 4 Hannah Peel (St Helens). Male Team Kumite: 3 Halewood. Female Team Kumite: 3 Halewood. Female Kumite: 3 Vicky Mulhearn (Halewood). Boys Kumite 10-11: 3 Shaun Bersantie (St Johns). Boys Kumite 5ft to 5' 5': 3 David Burke (Red Triangle). Boys Kumite Over 5' 5': 2 Craig Davidson (Kirkby). Children's Team Kata: 2 Kirkby A


MEDALS GALORE: The local winners from the KUGB's National Championships Picture: FRANK LOUGHLIN code: 100505
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jun 21, 2005
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