July 14, 2024

Donegal’s Ulster Karate-Do Federation members had been very profitable on the current WUKF World Karate Championship in Scotland, profitable three gold medals within the prestigious worldwide occasion.

Erin McCole, from Quigley’s Level, put in one other sterling efficiency so as to add a world championship title in senior Wado Kata to her current WUKF European Karate Championship gold medal in the identical self-discipline.

Michael Gillespie, from Tooban (13) additionally got here out on high, profitable gold within the Mini Cadets Wado Kata part, whereas Patrick (PJ) Moynihan, from Derry (15) continued his run of spectacular type with a gold medal within the Wado Kata Cadets part and a bronze medal in particular person kumite.

UKF karateka PJ Moynihan on the rostrum after profitable bronze in his particular person kumite part

Michael Gillespie (13) from Tooban, who gained gold within the particular person Wado Kata Mini Cadet part

UKF karate teacher at Aileach and Crana karate golf equipment, Sensei Seamus Gillespie (44) delivered a formidable show to safe a bronze medal in his particular person kumite part.

UKF Karate teacher, Sensie Seamus Gillespie (Aileach and Crana Karate Golf equipment), took bronze in his particular person kumite part on the WUKF World Karate Championship in Dundee

There have been additionally two particular person kumite bronze medals for Buncrana’s Killian Doherty (16) and Quigley’s Level’s Bebhinn McCole (14), who each noticed off stiff competitors for his or her well-deserved locations on the rostrum.

Killian Doherty (16) gained two bronze medals in particular person kumite

Amy Adair secured silver with a strong show in Senior Wado Kata, with teammate Erin McCole profitable the part.

15 native karatekas and members of the family, beneath the watchful eyes of coaches Martin and Erin McCole, joined 1000’s of athletes, coaches, officers and spectators within the Dundee Ice Enviornment from July thirteenth to the sixteenth, for what was one of many largest occasions within the historical past of the WUKF.

World Champion . . . PJ Moynihan, of Aileach Karate Membership, from Talbot Park in Derry, gained gold within the Wado Kata Cadets part and bronze in his particular person kumite

Additionally competing within the occasion, with some very sturdy performances in extremely aggressive sections, had been Fabi d’Almeida (Fahan), Patrick Gillespie (Tooban), Jamie Cuffe (Burnfoot), Vanessa Cuffe (Burnfoot), Joe McDaid (Greencastle), Harry McDaid (Greencastle), Daniel Moynihan (Derry) and Jack Moynihan (Derry).

The UKF squad which competed on the eleventh WUKF World Karate Championship in Dundee pictured with some members of the family and (on left) WUKF Referee Sensei Denis Donaghey (Aileach Karate Membership)

UKF Head Coach Martin McCole stated the medals haul was a proud second for the UKF, and he was little question notably happy with his daughters Erin (gold) and Bebhinn (bronze) on their medal-winning performances.

UKF medallists on the WUKF World Karate Championship, from left, Erin McCole (gold), Killian Doherty (bronze x2), Bebhinn McCole (bronze), PJ Moynihan (gold and bronze), Michael Gillespie (gold) and Seamus Gillespie (bronze)

“It was improbable to see the starvation that all the UKF squad members had for competing on the highest stage towards one of the best the world has to supply,” he stated.

“Our college students all got here away with much more starvation for achievement, notably as there have been a couple of occasions wherein we solely simply missed out on medals.

“As coach, it was nice to see the hearth everybody had of their performances on the most important stage, and notably seeing the good potential of the youthful college students within the group who will come away from the expertise a lot stronger.”

UKF karatekas Jamie Cuffe, Patrick Gillespie, Fabi d’Almeida, Daniel Moynihan and Jack Moynihan on the WUKF World Karate Championship in Dundee

The squad will now take a two-week summer season break, earlier than coaching for the Karate Eire Open Nationwide Championship in Waterford and WUKF European Championship occasion in France in November begins.

UKF President, Sensei Columba McLaughlin (sixth Dan), who lives in Carndonagh, headed up the WUKF disciplinary and anti-doping fee on the WUKF World Karate Championship in Dundee.

UKF GOLD . . . Winner Erin McCole takes to the rostrum with Amy Adair (silver) following success within the Senior Wado Kata class

Sensei Denis Donaghey (fifth Dan), a WUKF Senior World Referee, from Aileach Karate Membership in Burnfoot — the religious house of the UKF — officiated on the occasion.

Donegal opponents strike gold at World Karate Championship was final modified: August 1st, 2023 by Katie Gillen