European medal haul for students

EUROPEAN GLORY: Some of the medal winners from Kuk Sool Won of Sudbury.               Picture: Contributed
EUROPEAN GLORY: Some of the medal winners from Kuk Sool Won of Sudbury. Picture: Contributed
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STUDENTS from Kuk Sool Won of Sudbury returned from the European Championships with an impressive haul of medals and a grand champion trophy.

More than 750 competitors from all over the UK and Europe took part in the two-day championship in King’s Lynn, as did teams from the United States and Canada.

Kuk Sool Won of Sudbury sent 16 students to the tournament and between them they won a total of 20 medals, including six gold, five silver, six bronze and three copper. Junior 1st degree Maria Whiting had great success and won the grand champion trophy in her division.

The event, which was attended by the Grandmaster Kuk Sa Nim, and 20 senior masters, also incorporated national testings.

Barry Slade and his younger sister Jemma both undertook gruelling four hour final testings that culminated in their promotion to 1st degree black belt (Jyo Kyo Nim).

Head instructor PSBN Karen Smith said: “I am delighted for Barry and Jemma. They have shown great dedication and enthusiasm over the past four years to reach this tough goal.

“I am also very proud of everyone who participated in the tournament, they really gave it 100 per cent and it paid off.”

PSBN Karen and Nathan Kelly both undertook successful national testings (for 4th degree and 2nd degree respectively).

The team were: Archie Lyster, Joanna Wojciechowski, Leon Nicholl, Andy Paton, Graham Nicholl, Caroline Bishop, Charley Sainsbury, Maxi Webster-Coles, Greg King, Lewis Raymond, Jade Henderson, Amanda Henderson, Rick Henderson, Maria Whiting, Nathan Kelly and Karen Smith.

n Classes are held in the Kingfisher Leisure Centre on Sundays. For further information about Kuk Sool Won of Sudbury see www.kuksool.co.uk or call 07751 932 408.