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Kingsthorpe ECKA at the Team GBR Open
|On the 25th April, 6 members of Kingsthorpe ECKA attended the Team GBR English Open in Mansfield. Following a day of fierce competition, every member walked away with a gold medal on their chest.
The day started off on the right foot as Adrian Gawrysiak took the first gold of the day in the Novice & Intermediate Boys -4ft section. This was followed by Norbert Gawrysiak repeating his brother’s success by winning the Novice & Intermediate Boys Under 4ft 4ins section. Joe Watkins took gold in the Novice & Intermediate Boys -5ft category before Paige Thompson won the Novice & Intermediate Girls -5ft 4ins event.
With the high standards set by the juniors, it was now time for the adults to step up. The winning run came to a brief end as Rob Hopkinson marginally lost out in the semi final of the Black Belt Men’s -80kg category but got back up to claim the bronze medal in the third place fight off. In the final Semi Contact section of the day, Chris Adams claimed first place in the Black Belt Men’s -85kg section.
Rob Hopkinson then made amends for his earlier defeat to take gold in the Black Belt Men’s Light Continuous -80kg.
With every member of the squad taking gold, they have all qualified to compete in the ‘World Organisation of Martial Arts Athletes’ World Open to be held in Killarney, Ireland in August 2010.
Congratulations to all those who took part and good luck in the up coming World Open.