Kickathon gives England karate hopeful a leg up on way to junior championships

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KARATE students gave an England athlete a leg up to help him achieve his world dream with a 90-minute kickathon.

Members of the East Durham Ishinryu karate club kicked their way to super £700 fundraising total after completing the gruelling challenge.

The students performed several kicking challenges in one session to take club member Bailey Baker another step towards the world junior karate championships in Spain in November.

Bailey, 15, will compete in the cadet, U-70kg category at the event after impressing England selectors with a string of stunning medal performances in the last 12 months.

But he needed to find funding for the trip and for additional training, transport and accommodation costs.

Several sponsors have already come forward to help and his East Durham College based club did its bid to help with the kickathon.

Coach Gavin Foster said: “It was a tremendous effort from everyone, both in the kickathon and gathering sponsorships. They should all be very proud. hopefully it will help towards Bailey achieving his dreams.”

Bailey added: “I can’t thanks everyone at the club enough.

“The support I’ve received from the club and instructors has been amazing.

“Hopefully I can do them proud in Spain.”

We will keep you up to date with Bailey’s progress at the championships.

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Or call Gavin Foster on: 07708098691