European success for talented youngsters from Hartlepool

From left to right, Harvey Kerridge, Joe Flounders, Lewis Muldown and Joe Hind all won medals.
From left to right, Harvey Kerridge, Joe Flounders, Lewis Muldown and Joe Hind all won medals.

Talented youngsters from Hartlepool chopped down the opposition as they returned from a major competition with a collection of medals.

Four members of Hartlepool Wadokai Club, based in Whitby Street, were delighted after being selected to represent England in the European Championships, in Budapest, Hungary.

From left to right, Harvey Kerridge, Joe Flounders, Lewis Muldown and Joe Hind all won medals.

From left to right, Harvey Kerridge, Joe Flounders, Lewis Muldown and Joe Hind all won medals.

Each of them achieved so much more than that, though, with all four returning with at least one medal around their neck.

Lewis Muldown, 17, who attends Hartlepool Sixth Form College, based on Blakelock Road, won gold in the team kata event.

Joe Hind, 13, of High Tunstall College of Science, on Elwick Road, came back with silver medals in team fighting and team kata, while Harvey Kerridge, 13, of Dyke House School, on Mapleton Road, won silvers in team fighting and pairs kata.

Joe Flounders, 11, of English Martyrs School, on Catcote Road, achieved a bronze in team kata.

This is a deserved reward for all of the hard work

Rachel Kerridge

Wadokai is a form of karate, and the success of the Hartlepool club has been impressive.

Rachel Kerridge, mum of Harvey, said: “The boys have done absolutely brilliantly.

“They brought back six medals between the four of them, which is fantastic, and it was great that they all got at least one medal.

“All of the parents are very proud of how they have done, because the lads were competing against countries from all over Europe. There were 14 countries represented in the competition.

“They all compete in a lot of competitions, and the club is doing fantastically well. This is a deserved reward for all of the hard work.”