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NI Karate-Ka impress at Scottish Open

Lisburn schoolboy, Craig Ryan, returned from the Scottish Open Karate International with medals in both the cadets open weight and team events. The 15 year old travelled to Meadowbank Stadium in Edinburgh for the tournament which attracted some of Europe’s top karate athletes.

The Northern Ireland squad took an impressive seven individual and three team rankings. In the girls cadets events, Victoria Bushby took silver and Lucy McAvoy, bronze in their respective weight categories. The two girls then joined with their Banbridge club team mate, Courtney Morris, to take a bronze team medal. Meanwhile, Ryan and Rory O’Boyle won a silver team medal in the boys cadet event. Moving up to the Junior section, Banbridge young men, Kyle Morris and T J Morris lifted bronze medals in their respective weight categories; and Newcastle’s Ciaran Cleland and Conor O’Boyle won silver and bronze medals. Cleland, O’Boyle and Tiernan Moore formed the junior male team who won bronze.

President of karate in Northern Ireland, Oliver Brunton, is delighted that Northern Ireland featured so strongly in the medals positioning. “It wasn’t so long ago that we were lucky to come home from these international tournaments with one or two medals, now our young athletes are lifting several handfuls of medals,” he said. “This is a tribute to the coaches from the governing body, the Northern Ireland Karate Board, who have worked tirelessly to bring these youngsters on, with little outside support.”