Young karate champs are top of the chops

AWARDS: Lewis Muldown, Joe Flounders and Daniel Spires won medals representing England
AWARDS: Lewis Muldown, Joe Flounders and Daniel Spires won medals representing England

THREE karate kids proved they were top of the chops after scooping medals in a European competition.

Manor College student Lewis Muldown, 16, 13-year-old High Tunstall pupil Daniel Spires and Joe Flounders, 10, from St Cuthbert’s, were chosen to represent England in the Wadokai squad after months of hard work on the competition circuit.

The boys had attended monthly squad training sessions in Leicester and entered over a dozen competitions to prepare for the 41st Federation European Wadokai Championships event in Reading, and the hard work paid off with the trio putting in a super show.

Coach Amy Jorgeson said: “I was really pleased with the boys’ performances and this is reflected in their medal haul of a gold and two silver medals between them.

“This was the first time both Joe and Daniel had represented their country. Joe battled his way through several rounds of hard fighting and came away with a silver medal after a nail biting all-England final.

“Daniel and his two team mates from Derby earned gold in Team Kata. This was the second time Lewis had represented England and he came away with a well-deserved silver in Kata but unfortunately injury prevented him from progressing further.”

All three athletes continued the successful tradition of their club, which boasts numerous national medals and over 30 European and World medals.

Lewis, Joe and Daniel train at Hartlepool Wadokai Karate Club, on Whitby Street South.

The club has sessions five days a week from three years upwards.

For more details, call Carl Jorgeson on 07984798634.