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Aidan O’Boyle (Y12), winner of the UK & Ireland Shotokan Karate Grandslam, with his coach, Sensei Terry Geddis - View Full Size Image
Aidan O’Boyle (Y12), winner of the UK & Ireland Shotokan Karate Grandslam, with his coach, Sensei Terry Geddis
Emma Mullan (Y11), who will represent Northern Ireland at the European Shotokan Karate Championships - View Full Size Image
Emma Mullan (Y11), who will represent Northern Ireland at the European Shotokan Karate Championships
Isaac Berrisford (Y9), Northern Ireland Chujo Karate Champion in his age group in both Kumite and Kata - View Full Size Image
Isaac Berrisford (Y9), Northern Ireland Chujo Karate Champion in his age group in both Kumite and Kata
13/10/2014 KARATE SUCCESSES FOR LORETO COLLEGE STUDENTS

Three students from Loreto College Coleraine have been congratulated by their classmates recently on their continued success in karate.

Aidan O’Boyle (Year 12) trains at the Zanshin Shotokan Karate Club as well as being a member of the Northern Ireland team and an assistant instructor.  At the end of August, just before he turned 16, Aidan fought his way to the final of the KUGB UK Grandslams in the 14-15 age group, securing the title in the final.

Emma Mullan (Year 11) also trains at the Zanshin Shotokan Karate club.  Emma took third place at the Northern Ireland Open Mixed Martial Arts Championships on 6th September, followed by fourth place in the UK & Ireland Karate Competition a fortnight later.

Both Aidan and Emma hope to represent Northern Ireland in the European Shotokan Karate-Do Association Championships in Switzerland just before Christmas; both have received tremendous praise from their coach, Sensei Terry Geddis of Zanshin Shotokan Karate Club.

Showing great promise for the future, Isaac Berrisford (Year 9) contested the Northern Ireland karate Championships held at Banbridge Leisure centre on Saturday 11 Oct. Isaac attends the Chujo Karate club at Coleraine Leisure centre and Ballymoney and has been attending this club for the past five years. Isaac gained Gold medals for catergory 5th Kyu up to 13 years in both Kumite and Kata. His score in the final of the Kumite (sparring) was 4-0, in a fantastic performance.  This meant that Isaac was named Northern Ireland Champion, with two Golds at his first major tournament.

Mrs Maureen McCullough, Head of Physical Education at Loreto College, paid tribute to the dedication, commitment and enthusiasm of Aidan, Emma and Isaac, congratulating them on their successes to date and wishing them well for future competitions.