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Vale show the golden touch with fine display; KARATE.

THE 2010 Welsh Karate governing body Closed karate championships took place at the Welsh Institute of Sport, in Cardiff, last weekend.

The Closed championships are open only to members of the Sports Council-recognised governing body the WKGB and so aim to find Wales top karate athletes.

Once again, Vale Karate had huge success, winning an amazing 36 medals, including 13 Welsh titles.

Vale Karate contested all eight Kata finals, ranging from the under-10s right up to the adults, winning five of the eight Kata gold medals available, with Ewan Albright, Kloe Christoforato, Jessica Kinson, Bradley Christoforato and Leah Copeland all winning Welsh titles.

As well as three silver medals, six bronze medals were also secured, giving testimony to Vale Karate's strong development structure.

With the Kata events over, attention switched to the Kumite events.

Under-10 Kata winners Ewan and Kloe each again underlined Vale Karate's all-round ethos, by also medalling in their Kumite events.

Kloe lost in the semi-final, the gold going to fellow Vale Karate member Lucille Ibisi.

Ewan had his supporters on the edge of their seats, twice coming from behind with seconds to spare to eventually win his second Welsh title.

Four of Vale Karate's quintet of Welsh internationals Gareth Reynolds, Rhys Davies, Natasha Paton and Luke Davies, all won their events in style.

Elliot Evans contested both the under-18 and adult events, having to settle for two silvers.

There were also gold medals for Demi White and Sunniah Naeem in the under-14 and under-16 girls categories.

The Vale squad will now step up their training in preparation for the next major event on the horizon, the Scottish International Open, which takes place at Edinburgh's Meadowbank Stadium later this month.

While his protgs are in Scotland, Vale Kumite coach Gareth Reynolds will be in Bratislava, alongside fellow international David Godfrey Both make final preparations for the major event on the international karate calendar in 2010 - the Senior European Championships, which takes place in Athens, in May.

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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
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Date:Apr 7, 2010
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