Final Elimination Event for Karate Ireland
As schedule, at precisely 10 am on Sunday 26th of March, 15 judges took their positions around 3 tatami for the final Karate Ireland national eliminations. After travelling throughout the country the eliminations returned to their point of origin, the CBS Sports Hall in Carlow and this being the final round everyone was chasing those all important final qualification points.
The contestants were certainly firing on all cylinders with displays of Kata ranging from Pinangata / Heiangata through to the older Kata across the full remit of styles. As the Kata divisions drew to a close the Kumite divisions began and here again the determination and tenacity of the individual contestants really shone through. Speed, skill and the absolute will to win and take those last remaining qualification points made this edition of the eliminations something really special to behold.
With the day coming to a close the team selection committee started issuing the initial letters of invitation to phase two of the team project, the squad trainings, which will begin in earnest in April. No stone will be left unturned in the pursuit of excellence for the team to represent Ireland on home soil come this October.
On show before the home crowd the Irish team management will be looking to bring together a team of the truly best Karate athletes in all divisions when they take on the world at the Hub, Kilkenny from the 19th to the 22nd of October this year. A monumental task, but one which will see Irish Karate advance its position as one of the authorities of World Karate.
Karate Ireland are keen to hear from anyone who would like to help out at the event, there are several roles which will need to be filled, and support is always welcome. To find out how you can get involved, and to secure a front row seat at the event check out www.karateireland.net for more information.