Mossley karate stars back from Malta with silverware haul

FIVE MEMBERS from Mossley’s Ken Yu Kai Karate Club returned from the Mediterranean Open in Malta on Monday laden with trophies.

Some of the team with their families, showing off their medals and trophies

They won 10 trophies and medals, including three silver medals and two bronze at the event, which attracted 437 competitors from 20 countries.

Those in action were sensei Michelle Knowles, Michelle’s five-year-old daughter Brooke Woodward, Jessica Maitland, Elise Hardman and Katie Hardman.

They represented club and country and they are all members of the England elite squad that is based in Failsworth.

Katie, 16, and Elise, 12, are pupils at Mossley Hollins while Brooke goes to St George’s Primary, Mossley.

It cost the five £1,000 in air fares and accommodation to compete in Malta.

And a sizeable chunk of that sum – around £600 – was raised by two parents as Elise’s father Gareth Chew ran the Manchester Marathon last weekend while Katie’s mother Patricia completed the Oldham Ultra, a 40-mile race.

In the recent AMA Southern Open in Kent Elise, who is also a sensei instructor, won an individual bronze while Katie, Michelle and Jessica  won a team silver.

They were fighting in the kata and kumite categories.

The Mossley karate team at Manchester Airport before leaving for Malta


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