Karate duo are big hit

5112040 SSFF karate 'karate students Clarie Penman & Peter McCann - Peter finished third in the visually impaired world championships while Claire has been selected to compete for Scotland at the Europeans next year - at Chapel Neighbourhood Centre, Kirkcaldy
5112040 SSFF karate 'karate students Clarie Penman & Peter McCann - Peter finished third in the visually impaired world championships while Claire has been selected to compete for Scotland at the Europeans next year - at Chapel Neighbourhood Centre, Kirkcaldy

THE Fife based Shukokai Karate Academy Scotland has been given reason to celebrate after its members achieved huge success.

Peter McCann and Claire Penman were both selected to represent the Scottish Karate Governing Body at two World Karate Federation events.

Peter achieved his selection by winning the federation’s Four Nations title and by taking bronze medal at the International Open.

At this event, Peter was actually pipped into third place by his daughter Linzi, who grabbed a silver medal.

Both of them compete regularly in the sanctioned disabled categories of the sport, as Peter is totally blind and Linzi is partially sighted.

Meanwhile, Claire was selected after winning her own style category and scooping a silver medal in the Kata Championships’ 14-16 years category.

This is Claire’s second selection, after she was picked to represent Scotland at the Junior Worlds in Melika, Malaysia.

One highlight of Peter’s season was a trip to Paris to compete in the World Senior Karate Championships.

In attendance over the five days was the international Olympic committee, which was considering the sport for inclusion at the 2020 Olympics.

After three days of intensive training at the Bercy Stadium in Paris, Peter took centre stage in front of 20,000 spectators and more than 1000 competitors.

He was able to collect a very credible bronze medal position.

Claire is in intensive Kata training at the moment before heading to Konya in Turkey to represent Scotland at the European Championships in February.

Stuart Maxwell from the Academy said: “Disabled karate is available to all in Fife – we do not exclude anybody.

“We are a non-profit making club, and are always looking for sponsors.

“We’d like to thank the East Fife Sports Council For sponsoring Peter and his coach to go to Paris, Kirkcaldy and Glenrothes area Sports Council for sponsoring Claire, plus for all the help and support to our clubs in Fife throughout the year.”

Anybody interested in disabled or main stream karate in Fife can contact the group at Chapel neighbourhood centre on a Saturday morning from 10am or Sunday night from 5pm.