The competitors: P Birkett, M Clay, M Walls, M Carr, A French-Wollen, K McNee, A Prins, L Almond, M Prins
At 4am 15 competitors and spectators set off from the Shaftes with Mr French-Wollen at the helm who drove us through the snowy conditions safely.. 4.5 hours later we arrived at Penarth Leisure centre, Cardiff - the venue for the championships. We set about finding some good seats and got comfy - ready for the 9:30am start.
When the clock struck 9 the venue was packed with competitors, officials and spectators - the 6 competition areas had been marked out and everyone was either warming up or looking nervous! The event organiser, Master Ian Lawes VII, called the first categories and the competition was well underway by 10am. There were plenty of familiar faces, including Master Nicholls, Mr Skyrme, the Imperial directors/executives, Mr Walkinshaw Tommy Hayes and Alex Heslop.
One by one competitors were called up, some got golds, silvers, bronzes - but everybody took away the experience and a new set of goals to achieve. Your instructors are very proud of you!!
Congratulations to all of you:
Luke Almond - Runner up
Phil Birkett - 1st Dan junior hyperweight sparring SILVER, power breaking GOLD.
Michael Carr - 2nd Dan patterns SILVER
Megan Clay - Blue/Red belt junior sparring SILVER
Adam French-Wollen - Yellow-Red belt adult sparring BRONZE
Kelly McNee - Runner up
James Morris - 1st Dan middleweight sparring BRONZE
Adrian Prins - Adult sparring BRONZE, veteran sparring BRONZE, power breaking GOLD
Michael Prins - Cadet sparring BRONZE
Louis Streets - 1st Dan Cadet sparring SILVER
Matthew Walls -Yellow/Green belt patterns BRONZE,Green-red belt junior hyperweight sparring GOLD
Mr Walkinshaw ofBDTKD- 2nd Dan veteran patterns GOLD
Emily Oakes of BDTKD- Sparring SILVER
Mrs Clay, Mrs McNee, Kerry - thanks for coming to watch! your support went a long way!
Mr Kelly - Thanks for the banter, support and guidance.