Two Hutchesons’ pupils have been selected to represent Scotland at the World Karate Championships in Tenerife in October.
Alex Marshall (S4) and Niamh Junner (S5) are the only competitors from Scotland in their respective categories.
Alex will be competing in the Cadet Kata category while Niamh will represent her country in the Cadet +54kg Kumite category.
The Cadet, Junior and Under 21 Championships take place every two years and is the benchmark event for younger karate students. It is the recognised pathway to participating at the Senior Championships and the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020.
This event is also the first World level event following the decision of the International Olympic Committee to include Karate in the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Many of the participants in Tenerife may also be present in Buenos Aires, and this is one of the reasons the Federation is expecting to break all former participation figures, with a massive presence of all the five Continents.
Alex and Niamh train at the Shitokai Scotland Karate Club based at Renfrew Leisure Centre. The club regularly has athletes representing at National Level and is targeting the Youth Olympics in Argentina and Tokyo 2020 with Team GB.