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Silver lining for Stacey as she shines in Midlands; KARATE.

ABERFAN Junior Wado-Kai's Stacey Sawday travelled with her instructor to Stourbridge on Sunday to compete in the Midlands open karate championships with the hope of building on the bronze she picked up at the Welsh championships in the summer.

Competing in the 11-13 year old kumite (fighting) category, Stacey quickly got through the preliminary rounds, competing mainly against girls from the Midlands area.

In the semi-finals, she was drawn against a competitor from Bristol.

Scoring with two roundhouse kicks and a punch, Stacey advanced to her first ever final with a five points to two win.

The final, against a fighter from Sale Karate club in Manchester, was to prove a more difficult encounter with Stacey losing by a three point margin and settling for runner-up spot and her first silver medal.

Aberfan junior Wado-kai karate club are recruiting youngsters between the ages of five and 14 on Tuesdays (5.30pm) and Saturdays (9.30am) at Aberfan Community Centre under the instruction of Julian Morris 2nd Dan.

The club is a member of the Wado-Kai Karate Union and is affiliated to the Welsh Karate Governing Body.

* Stacey Sawday on the way to winning a silver medal
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Sep 21, 2011
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