Hailsham’s young Karate star, Matthew Elliott, won a bronze medal at the W.I.K.F European Championships in Cyprus.
The 13-year-old travelled to the event along with fellow exponent Ollie O’Regan, 9, who both train with CMA Karate.
Both medals in the kata formats and this most recent success follows Matthew’s fifth-placed finish in the World Championships last year, while this was Ollie’s first ever competitive international event.
Both boys, in between training, made exhaustive efforts to raise the money needed to compete.
They were helped by local businesses including Halifax Bank, Dippy Doodah’s café, , Haulaway and MS Autos, all from Hailsham, and Pro-Eco Eastbourne, McMillan Williams Solicitors London and 4th Uckfield Scout Group.
Many events were staged including a 24 hour karate marathon in Uckfield, a 12 hour cycle at The Quintins in Hailsham, bag packing at Iceland, skinny dip by two adventurous ladies from Dippy Doodah’s and many other activities. Eventually they raised enough money to go to Cyprus and represent their country.
They travelled with their parents and coaches Sarah Padget and Barry Lovett to join the England team for training before the main event.
Other students were selected but unable to compete because of a lack of funding. The club are actively seeking sponsorship. For more info contact 01323848677 or visit cmakarate.co.uk.