All About Aimee - England International
World Junior Karate Championships - 2009
In November 2009 I gained my first England Badge representing my country in the Cadet Kata event at the WKF World Junior Championships in Rabat Morocco, the pinnacle of sport Karate. I was just 14 years old, performing on the biggest stage in the world of Karate in both individual and team Kata. Wow, what an opener.
European Junior Karate Championships - 2010
February 2010 saw me represent England once again at my first European Junior Championships which were held in Izmir, Turkey, where I gained a European Bronze medal in the Team Kata event. This was an amazing achievement as traditionally England has struggled over the years to put together a world class team let alone actually gain a team Kata medal at a European Championship.
European Junior Karate Championships - 2011
In 2011 I represented England once more in my second European Junior Championships in Novi Sad, Serbia. I won European SILVER in the final but in doing so I became only the second ever English female and the first in over 25 years to reach a European Championship Kata final and also the first English female junior to win two consecutive European Kata medals, silver and bronze from last year.
World Junior Karate Championships - 2011
October 2011 I was back representing England in my second WKF World Junior Championships, this time in Maleka, Malaysia. Didn't medal but invaluable experience gained.
Due to financial constraints (England athletes are completely self funded) the next Junior European Championships in Azerbaijan will be taking place without me. :-(
World Senior Karate Championships - 2012
Disappointments at having to miss the European Junior Championships due to financial reasons were alleviated in 2012 after being selected to compete in the Senior World Karate Championships in the Team Kata event, the hardest event of all in my opinion, which were being held in Paris in November. This was the first Female Kata team to compete for England at any championships for over 20 years. At 17 years old, I became a Senior WKF World Karate Athlete.
European Junior Karate Championships - 2013
2013 I was back representing England in the European Junior Karate Championships which were held in Konya, Turkey. I won individual European SILVER once again and also won Team Kata European SILVER. A double medal in Kata had never been achieved before for England at a Junior European Championships I was also the first to achieve medals from three consecutive Junior European Championships that I competed in.
European Senior Karate Championships - 2013
Following on from the team success at the Junior European Championships, myself, and my two teammates were selected to represent England once more, this time in the Senior European Championships. This was my first outing to the Senior Europeans and completed the full set having now competed at both Junior and Senior World and European Championships and still not yet 18 years old! Karate is all about commitment and dedication which you need to make it to the top, and I'm looking forward to a long and established Karate career.
World Junior Karate Championships - 2013
After the narrow misses in 2009 and 2011 losing out 3 flags to 2 each time in the elimination rounds, I finally made the podium in 2013. After initially losing out to Japan (the eventual winner) in the opening round, I came back through repechage winning every round to win a World Kata Bronze medal.
European Junior Karate Championships - 2014
February saw me in Lisbon, Portugal competing for England in the Female U21yrs Kata category. No medal this time to match the World Kata Bronze gained in Spain in this category but valuable experience gained.
European Senior Karate Championships - 2014
Myself and my two teammates were selected once again to represent England at the Senior European Karate Championships being held in Finland. We performed well as a team but were beaten before the medal rounds. Still good experience for us now beginning to establish ourselves as the senior team.
World Senior Karate Championships - 2014
Another pivotal moment in my Karate life, my first selection for England as a senior individual. Following the summer selections, I was selected to compete for England not only in the senior female Kata team, but also in the individual senior Kata event too. Another goal realised. In the team Kata event, with my usual two teammates we finally won a round beating a very good team. Progress made. In the individual event I won 3 rounds making the quarter-final eventually losing to Japan. I finished 7th overall becoming the first female since the WKF flag system was introduced in 2002 to gain a placing. History again.
European Junior Karate Championships - 2015
Back in the medals at the Junior Europeans as I won European Bronze in the U21yrs Kata event. Zurich, Switzerland, played hosts this time to Championships in February, a little snow but not too cold. Claiming my 5th European medal meant I had now medalled at every junior level in the European Championships, Cadet, Junior and now U21yrs.
European Senior Karate Championships - 2015
The 50th Senior European Karate Championships were held in March in Istanbul, Turkey, and for me completed a full set for me. With my selection to compete in both the Team and Individual Kata events I had now represented England at EVERY level in both INDIVIDUAL and TEAM at World and European Championships. Team I had represented my country in both Junior and Senior level at both World and European Championships. Individually, I have now worn my England badge at Cadet, Junior, U21 and Senior level at both World and now European Championships. That is some achievement! Having medalled at Cadet, Junior and U21 level, my aim is to continue improving and gain medals and titles at senior level on both the World and European stage. Watch out world, here I come.
World Junior Karate Championships - 2015
My last World Championships as a Junior, and I was hoping to make the podium once again. It was off to Indonesia this time for the champs and a long trip away for two weeks this time. I had a tough draw, no easy rounds, but wanted a medal so didn't use my best Kata in the 1st round. Unfortunately lost out to Russia's Gankaku. That's the way it goes sometimes.
European Junior Karate Championships - 2016
This was it, my last ever Junior Competition for England. Limassol in Cyprus played hosts for this one and what a lovely place it was, warm, sunny and excellent food. Thought I had every chance of winning these championships but wasn't the case as I lost out in the 2nd round. Well that signed off my junior career, now to solely concentrate on being a senior.
European Senior Karate Championships - 2017
The 52nd Senior European Karate Championships were held in May in Kocaeli, Turkey, this time. I had been selected in 2016 to represent England at the 51st European Championships but was unable to attend and had to pull out at the last minute. This trip was for me a chance to get back to where I want to be. I performed a good Papuren Kata in my opening round but unfortunately lost out 4 flags to 1. I still gained some invaluable experience on what the judges are voting on so plenty to take back to the dojo and prepare for next time.
It is my aim, my ambition, to represent my country in more WKF World and
European finals and to win!