Tuesday, 05 July 2016
A University of Worcester student from Kidderminster has brought home silver for England at the European Karate Championships in Frankfurt.
Sam Thomas, 21, took home a trophy in her first international tournament, which was also the first time she has competed abroad.
told how her recent success has built her confidence for future international competitions.
in the advanced women’s Kata – a non-combat form of karate, in which
competitors perform patterns of karate movements and are marked on their power,
speed and style.
was nerve-wracking to start with and the waiting is often worse,” she said.
soon as you start and the adrenaline kicks in it’s fine and then you get off
and it’s a blur.
coach was putting his thumbs up saying I’d got a good score.
thought I’d done okay, but I didn’t expect to get silver.
was an amazing feeling, it was brilliant.”
said she really enjoyed the camaraderie, with England teammates from other
clubs cheering her on.
who is a 2nd Dan black belt, now automatically qualifies for the World
Championships in Orlando in September.
said the cost of getting there, alongside wanting to do it with her teammates,
might make it impossible.
her focus is on the Premier International Open in Aliba, Spain in October.
up martial arts aged 4, but this was her first time in the national squad.
who is a member of the Kidderminster-based Young Gloves Karate club and trains
six days a week, has just completed her degree in Physical Education &
English at the University of Worcester.
said University staff had been supportive and had pointed her towards financial
support that the University can offer to budding athletes.
was thanks to a £300 scholarship from the University of Worcester that Sam was
able to make the trip to Frankfurt.
is due to graduate from the University of Worcester this autumn and has a place
secured on a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) at Worcester for next
year, to train as a Primary School teacher.
who teaches karate twice a week, said she would love to combine her love of
teaching and karate in her career.