Medal haul for Basingstoke karate experts

Mark Nevola collects his gold medal.

Mark Nevola collects his gold medal.

First published in Sport

SHIN Gi Tai Martial Arts Academy collected three golds, two silvers and five bronze medals at the British International Karate Open Championships at Crawley.

The medals were split between Kata, which is a choreographed sequence of movements, and Kumite, which is fighting.

Lindsey Andrews completed a double gold winning day by first winning the Ladies Shotokan Kata division with fine performances of Nijushiho and Bassai Dai.

The 38-year-old then followed that up with another success in the Ladies Open Veterans Kata category after performing a very good Anan.

Mark Nevola collected the other gold for the club in the Men’s Veteran’s Kumite and also reached the quarter-final of the Men’s Open 75kg+ division.

Edward van Meerkerk (13) won a silver medal in the under-15 Boys Shotokan Kata.

Jess Muller (15) was second in the cadet class for 15 to 17-year-olds against a tough opponent after moving up to this category.

Bryan Andrews, husband of double gold winner Lindsey, claimed a bronze medal in the Men’s Open Veterans Kata category.

He also finished third in the Shobu Ippon Kumite along with Nevola.

Georgina Butcher also won bronze at Kumite after losing on the third extension in the semi-finals after two draws.

Isabel Bailey (13) had to settle for a Kumite bronze after a kick to the ribs in the semi-finals meant she had to pull out of the final.

Matheus Sanches Alves (18), who only recently moved to Britain from Brazil and was fighting in his first tournament, did well to reach the semi-finals.

A special mention should go to Rebecca Halil (13) who had knee surgery late last year but spent the whole day supporting her teammates.

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