Airdrie Karate Academy stars’ success lands them on Polish TV

Airdrie-based Lanarkshire Karate Academy made headlines in Poland last week as stars Emmie McEwan and Daniel McPake won medals at the Karate Grand Prix in Karpacz.

Emmie won two gold, a silver and a bronze at the Championships.

And she and Sensei Chantelle Allan were the subject of a local TV report after the club’s success, which saw Emmie win gold in Women’s Under-12 Kumite (35kg) and Women’s Under-12 Kumite. 14 years (40 kg) without conceding a single point against her.

She also won silver in the women’s under-12 kata and bronze in the women’s under-14 kata, while teammate Daniel won silver in the men’s under-14 kata.

Proud Sensei Allan said: “We had a great weekend in Poland and I’m really happy with their results and performance in tough and busy categories against Ukrainian, Polish and German opponents.

“Emmie gets a special mention for not scoring a single point against her all day on her way to gold in the Under-12 and Under-14 events.

“We also had a great time exploring and discovering a new part of the world, so a big thank you to Billy McKay and the Govan Stewards Committee Benevolent Fund for the very kind donation that made this trip possible.”

The club’s youngsters are now busy preparing for a trip to Croatia at the end of the month where they will compete in the WKF Youth World Cup and the K1 Youth League.

Sensei Allan added, “The hard work continues and I hope we can keep the momentum going as we take it to the next level.”

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