Veras Academy bring home the medals from The British International Karate Championships!
Yet again the Academy showed its class in one of the toughest events in the karate competition calendar. Competitors from all over the World arrived at The Emirates Arena in Glasgow to compete for a podium position.
The medal haul began with Mette McLarney’s bronze in the Female Veteran Kata Opens, followed by Liam and Luca Veras winning Silver in the U10 years pairs kata.
The excitement continued as brother Luan Veras and team-mate Seyhan Cinar also took silver in the U12 years pairs kata.
The Veras’ Academy juniors continued the success in the individual Kata events where Luke Kavanagh placed 5th in U14 years Kata in a category of 43 competitors and Luca Veras won bronze in the U8 years kata.
Then an amazing performance in the U10 years Kata by Liam Veras, consisting of several rounds, earnt the hard working student a coveted first place trophy and British Open Champion title!
But that wasn’t all for Veras Academy. Liam and Luca Veras went on to win another silver medal in the U10 years team kumite closely followed by Luan Veras and Seyhan Cinar taking the bronze in the U12 years pairs kumite.
Luca Veras then took the bronze medal in his individual kumite event.
Big brother Luan, competing in categories of over 40 competitors had to work hard, almost non-stop all day to achieve bronze in both the U12 -40 kg and also the U12 open. An amazing achievement!
Elite competitor Andrew McLarney then took the stage in his first senior international championship in the U21 -68kg where he lost to the semi-finalist but then got within a whisker of the bronze medal position in the Senior -60 kg where he was in the lead until the final second when he unfortunately took a warning (jogai) and was eliminated.
Chief instructor Raphael Veras, who was at ringside for all his students, said ” I am very proud of my team. After 8 weeks without training due to my trip to Brazil, teaching at seminars and on holidays with the family, 3 weeks of preparation has made us still achieve great results. Not bad at all!”