World Karate Championships success
12:02pm Thursday 17th October 2013 in Sport
A LOCAL brother and sister were recently selected to represent Wales at the World Shotokan Karate Championships.
The Championships takes place every two years and in September the Karate Union of Great Britain hosted the prestigious event in the Echo Arena, Liverpool, with 28 countries and 800 competitors vying for the coveted title of World Champion.
Stefan and Hannah Rees from Adpar, Newcastle Emlyn who train with Tekki RS Emlyn and Llandysul Shotokan Club, competed over two days alongside 24 fellow Welsh squad karateka.
Hannah, aged 16 fought her way into the semi finals in kumite and Stefan, aged 18, gained a bronze in his team kumite event and the opportunity to stand on the world medal podium. Friends and family turned out in their droves to support the Welsh Team.
The duo's dad and instructor Sensei Mike Rees said: "Both Stef and Hannah have achieved great results through constant, intense training, making sacrifices in other parts of their lives. It has definitely paid off and we are very proud of them."
To help with costs, a Community Grant was awarded to them from Ceredigion County Council which allowed them to purchase some necessary equipment and kit and helped with their stay in Liverpool. They both continue to train two/three times a week and twice monthly in Merthyr Tydfil with the Wales Squad.