European Championships 2009
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Early Sunday morning we all began to arrive at Gatwick Airport, Master Hogan’s group were already assembled and were quickly join by the 41 Imperial Students. With a speedy check in we were all airside enjoying a relaxing coffee when the flight was called. Take off was delayed by 40 minutes but the pilot managed to make up some lost time on route.

Landing in Pula airport, I think we were the only plane there so baggage was collected without any hassle. As we made our way out to the coach it was apparent that our Gulliver travel rep had disappeared, never the less we found the coach and all boarded. The sun was beating down, we were thankful of the aircon. About an hour in we arrive at the hotel, what a hotel it was. Twenty meters from the sea and with it own pool the half board accommodation would set the tone for the whole championships.

Scotland arrived late Sunday night and the following day saw the weigh in with Master Harry’s group joining us from there lodgings. England were the first team to register with a few close calls on the scales and a couple of competitors opting to move up a category. Following the coaches meeting and the draws the umpires were briefed on the week’s events and the official ITF Electronic Scoring System designed by ourselves.

England ITF PatternsDay One
All Individual events up to the finals were scheduled. The weather was hot, and I mean hot. The sports hall was in excess of 100’F. But the teams persevered and a staggering amount of England, Scotland and Wales competitors made it through to the final. Unfortunately not all the special technique section was completed, this being run by Master Harry was completed the following day with the team events.

Day Two
Time for the teams, same as the previous day all events were completed up to the finals. Once again England and Scotland proved us proud and made it through. The build up for the final was immense, In the Senior Sparring would see England Vs Netherlands and the Senior Pattern England Vs Scotland. The female teams also made it through there various sections to compete on Friday.

Nick GardnerDay Three
This was the cup competition, although only a couple of competitors from the UK the rest of the team showed there support by working all day to ensure the event ran smoothly. England alone provided 12 umpires for this event. The excess amount of help made the day short and the competition finished by 4pm.

Following a short interval Master Hogan, Mr Skyrme ENGLAND. Master Brown, Miss Divine SCOTLAND and Mr McCabe WALES attended the second European Working Committee meeting. Following discussion it has been confirm that Ireland will be hosting the next European Championships 2011.

Day Four – Finals Day
The finals started of exactly at 10am, and what a day. The atmosphere was electric throughout the whole day. The UK came home with many new champions and several retained titles. The England team were unlucky against a very experienced Netherlands but none the less conquered the patterns to win Gold. England won the overall Senior Male Team trophy and narrowly lost out to Italy for the overall country.

What a great event, very well attended by over 20 nations putting forward there best of the best. A great achievement by the UK contingent and we couldn’t have asked for more. Saturday was a day of rest and relaxation around the pool before we travelled home early Sunday morning. A full list of results will be published shortly…

England ITF

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Full results provided by Miss Kerry Burridge



 MALE I DEGREE                                                                                                                       FEMALE I DEGREE

Luke Dempsey                                    Silver                                                                         GURLAINE SIDHU             Silver

Elliott Moulster                                  Bronze                                                                                                                     


JUNIOR MALE SPARRING - Under 52Kg                                                                         JUNIOR FEMALE  SPARRING - 48 - 53Kg

Benjamin Dale                                    Gold                                                                           Gurlaine Sidhu                 Silver

JUNIOR MALE SPARRING - 52Kg - 58Kg                                                                                                                        

Luke Yip                                                 Silver                                                                                                                       

Luke Dempsey                                    Bronze                                                                                                                     

JUNIOR MALE SPARRING - 58Kg - 63Kg                                                                                                                        

Adam Aliousalah                                Bronze                                                                                                                     

 JUNIOR MALE SPARRING - + 70Kg                                                                                                                                  

elliott Moulster                                  Bronze                                                                                                                     

Stephen Townsend                           Bronze                                                                                                                     


MALE                                                                                                                                           FEMALE

Lee Webb                                              Bronze                                                                                                                     


Patterns                                                 Silver                                                                                                                       

Sparring                                                 Bronze                                                                                                                     

Power                                                     Silver                                                                                                                       

Special Technique                             Bronze                                                                                                                     





MALE I DEGREE                                                                                                                                                                      

Andrew Lawrence                              Gold                                                                                                                         


 MALE SPARRING - Under 80 Kg                                                                                        FEMALE  SPARRING - Under 70 Kg

Andrew Lawrence                              Gold                                                                                                                         

  MALE SPARRING - Over 80 Kg                                                                                           FEMALE  SPARRING - Over 70 Kg

Peter Yip                                                Silver                                                                                                                       


 MALE                                                                                                                                           FEMALE

Andrew Lawrence                              Bronze                                                                                                                     

Peter Yip                                                Silver                                                                                                                       


  MALE                                                                                                                                           FEMALE

Andrew lawrence                               Gold                                                                                                                         

Peter Yip                                                Bronze                                                                                                                     





 MALE V DEGREE                                                                                                                      FEMALE V DEGREE

Kevin McCabe (wales)                     Gold                                                                           Hayley Parker                   Gold

MALE IV DEGREE                                                                                                                     FEMALE IV DEGREE

Nick Gardner                                        Gold                                                                           Laurie Cornwell               Silver

Gavinder Sidhu                                   Silver                                                                                                                       

MALE III DEGREE                                                                                                                     FEMALE III DEGREE

Mitchell Ross                                       Silver                                                                         Prit Sidhu                           Bronze

Matt Brunger                                       Gold                                                                           Melanie Evans (Wales) Bronze

MALE II DEGREE                                                                                                                       FEMALE II DEGREE

William Thirtkettle                           Gold                                                                           vicky Church                      Silver

Reece Nicholls                                    Bronze                                                                                                                     

MALE I DEGREE                                                                                                                        FEMALE I DEGREE

Jamie McAvoy                                     Gold                                                                           Joanna Szczutkowska    Bronze

                                                                                                                                                       Katerina Todd                   Bronze

                                                                                                                                                       Carla Dunne                      Silver


 MALE SPARRING - Under 54 Kg                                                                                        FEMALE  SPARRING - Under 52 Kg

Jamie McAvoy                                     Gold                                                                           Joanna Szchutkowska    bronze

 MALE SPARRING - Under 63 Kg                                                                                        FEMALE  SPARRING - Under 58 Kg

Reece Nicholls                                    Gold                                                                           hayley Parker                   bronze

William Thirkettle                             bronze                                                                                                                     

 MALE SPARRING - Under 71 Kg                                                                                        FEMALE  SPARRING - Under 63 Kg

Mitchell Ross                                       Bronze                                                                      Laurie Cornwell               Bronze

  MALE SPARRING - Under 80 Kg                                                                                        FEMALE  SPARRING - Under 70 Kg

nick Gardner                                        Gold                                                                           Prit Sidhu                           Bronze

John Larkin                                           Silver                                                                                                                       

 MALE SPARRING - Over 80 Kg                                                                                           FEMALE  SPARRING - Over 70 Kg

Dave Gurney                                        Bronze                                                                      Katerina Todd                   Gold

                                                                                                                                                       Alicia Chapman                Bronze


MALE                                                                                                                                           FEMALE

                                                                                                                                                       Vicky Church                     Gold


  MALE                                                                                                                                           FEMALE

Matt Brunger                                       Gold                                                                           Katerina Todd                   Silver

Nick Gardner                                        Silver                                                                                                                       


Male Team                                            Gold                                                                           Female Team                    Silver


Male Team                                            Silver                                                                         Female Team                    Gold


Male Team                                            Silver                                                                         Female Team                    Bronze


Male Team                                            Gold                                                                           Female Team                    Bronze


Best Umpire:
Kevin McCabe                                                                                                                                                                        

Best Overall Male:
Nick Gardner                                                                                                                                                                           

Best Overall Male Team:

Best Senior Overall Country: England                                                                                                                                                                                     



Billy Smith                                            Gold Sparring                                                                                                       

                                                                  Bronze Patterns                                                                                                  


Danielle Smyth                                   Silver Sparring                                                                                                     

                                                                  Bronze Patterns                                                                                                  


Ethan Yip                                               Gold Sparring                                                                                                       

                                                                  Silver Patterns                                                                                                     


Justin Duggan                                      Bronze Patterns                                                                                                  

                                                                  Bronze Sparring                                                                                                   


More results to follow….                                                                                                                                                    


Written by: Mark Skyrme - 2nd June 2009

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