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Successful return for Newark Shotokan Karate Club at the JKA Open Championship



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A karate club enjoyed a medal-winning return in what was their first tournament since the start of the pandemic.

Newark Shotokan Karate Club’s 11 competitors were among 400 others at the JKA Open Championship at the K2 in Crawley.

More than 50 different titles were up for grabs, with Newark claiming five medals on their return to competitive action.

NEWARK SHOTOKAN KARATE CLUB’S 11 competitors were among 400 others at the JKA Open Championship.
NEWARK SHOTOKAN KARATE CLUB’S 11 competitors were among 400 others at the JKA Open Championship.

Chief instructor Wayne Maliszewski, 47, and David Shearlaw, 38, both earned silver medals.

Maliszewski took silver in the veterans Kata, while Shearlaw managed a runners-up spot in the Kumite brown belt category.

Abigail Hyde, 16, won bronze in the Kumite (fighting) while older brother, Josh, matched her efforts winning a bronze medal of his own in the Kumite (fighting) category.

Chief instructor Wayne Maliszewski, 47
Chief instructor Wayne Maliszewski, 47

The oldest member at Newark, Janet Farrel, who is also a coach, taught the learners a thing or two as she rounded off the medals with a bronze in the Kumite (fighting) veterans category.

Farrel, aged 70, was 30 years older than any of her opponents.

JANET FARREL, 70, celebrates on the podium after winning bronze.
JANET FARREL, 70, celebrates on the podium after winning bronze.

Amelia Gustard, 10, just missed out in a bronze medal match in what was her first competition.

Lorenzo Constantine, 13, also enjoyed his first event.

Hossein Degani, 29, Shaun Cassidy, 30, Shady Khayat, 20, and Joshua Taylor, 16, were also in action for Newark, who were under the guidance of coach Chris Walsh.

“We did well to say we won three bronze medals and two silvers,” said Walsh.

“Before the pandemic we were actually struggling.

“We had about 20 members, but since coming out of lockdown we have done really well as a club.

“We moved to Zoom as most did and kept training to stay active.

“We have about 75 to 80 members and the club has absolutely exploded since lockdown.”

COACH Chris Walsh with bronze medal winners Josh and Abigail Hyde.
COACH Chris Walsh with bronze medal winners Josh and Abigail Hyde.
MORE than 50 different category titles were up for grabs in the K2 in Crawley.
MORE than 50 different category titles were up for grabs in the K2 in Crawley.
Newark Shotokan Karate Club return to action for first time since lockdown. (53137687)
Newark Shotokan Karate Club return to action for first time since lockdown. (53137687)
Newark Shotokan Karate Club return to action for first time since lockdown. (53137724)
Newark Shotokan Karate Club return to action for first time since lockdown. (53137724)

Walsh highlighted the performance of the experienced Farrel, who was oldest at the event.

“Janet proved a point to the kids, showing that she can still do it,” said Walsh.

The club plan to return to competitive action on a more regular basis following their outing in Crawley.



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