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25th October 2011

UTA Region at the European Championships Italy.

HSTS students had two students enter the European championships

 and arrived home with 13 medals.

Fantastic achievement from Gemma and Jodi well done.

UTA Region at the European Championships Italy.

Finally after more than four months of intense preparations not only at national squad training but also regional squad training every week we arrived in Naples Italy Wednesday 19th. The four competitors, one coach, two umpires and three spectators were tired but enthusiastic about the tournament.

After checking in to the rooms we only had time for something to eat and bed, Thursday 20th time for the weigh-in. All competitors managed their weight and could now eat properly and they sure did, pizza, pasta, chocolate, sweets you name it!!!

Time for last minute preparations, all teams practiced their patterns for a few hours in the afternoon until no more could be done. Freshened up and then out to find more pizza!

Friday 21st -23rd tournament, all competitors from the region were all fired up and as they went through the days entering their divisions coming out with medals, highs, lows, but most of all a great experience of international competition. As three of the regions competitors were juniors and one only just an adult it was great to see them gaining in their confidence and abilities for the future. Although the biggest thing for me was just seeing them compete at this level however they also gained European titles and not only the region but made England proud.


Miss Gemma O’Connor Adult Female 2nd Degree
Individual Sparring Middle weight: Bronze
Team Sparring: Gold
Team Special Technique: Gold

Best overall female team


Miss Jodi Horan Junior Female 1st Degree
Individual Sparring Welter weight: Silver
Team Sparring: Gold
Team Patterns: Gold

Team Special Technique: Gold
Team Power: Gold

Best overall junior female team



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