Leitrim karate stars claim gold at World Championships

The Irish team who competed at the WTKA-WKA Unified World Championships in Italy recently.
Seven Leitrim based members of the Green Dragon Karate Club claimed gold medals at the WTKA-WKA Unified World Championships in Carrara in Northern Italy recently.

Seven Leitrim based members of the Green Dragon Karate Club claimed gold medals at the WTKA-WKA Unified World Championships in Carrara in Northern Italy recently.

Sinéad Smith and Orla McNabola (Carrick-on-Shannon), Clodagh Boland (Kilmore), Niamh McCauley (Drumshanbo), Mahon and Nyah Meldrum (Bornacoola), Aine Kelly (Keadue) all brought home gold medals from the biggest martial arts event in the world with over 10,000 competitors.

Thirteen members of the Green Dragon Karate Clubs in Carrick-on-Shannon and Kinlough flew out to Italy on October 29, and brought home a total of 41 gold medals, 14 silver medals and 10 bronze medals.

With competitions in 33 martial arts disciplines and athletes from 120 countries, the Unified World Championships took place over a gruelling four day period.

Competitors from the Carrick-on-Shannon and Kinlough clubs were members of a very successful Irish team which took part in Traditional Karate, Point Fighting and Kata events.

A big thank you to Sensei’s John and Michael Sweeney in both the Carrick and Kinlough clubs, and all the Green Dragon Squad who took care of the team during the competitions.

The Green Dragon club hold their classes in Carrick-on-Shannon on Thursday, 5-6pm and Saturday 10-11am at the Aura Leisure Centre and in Kinlough every Tuesday night from 6-8 pm in the Kinlough Community Centre.