Junior European Championship Selections
Aimee selected for Team and Individual Kata
The third and final sections for the Junior European Karate Championships took place on Saturday 13th October 2012. Hosted at Assistant National Kata Coach, Sensei Ady Gray’s Dojo in Ripon, Aimee Sell had a very early Saturday morning start leaving at 5:15am for the four –hour journey to North Yorkshire. Aimee was one of the first to reach Ady’s Dojo, home of Byakko Shotokan Karate Association, arriving at 9:15am in plenty of time for the 10:00 registration start.
The two previous selections had taken place in Ipswich where the hopeful candidates had been shortlisted down to a chosen few for each category. Aimee was still included for both Team and Individual selections for the Junior categories and was prepared for a gruelling day of selections.
National Kata Coach, Sensei Jonathan Mottram, assisted by Ady Gray organised the anxious athletes into their respective age groups and starting with the male groups watched the athletes perform in pairs completing a number of Katas each. This continued until all athletes, had completed at least 5 different Katas.
A break for lunch was followed by some additional Katas and team combinations allowing the coaches to observe the interactions of various team members allowing them to select the best possible team.
The final selection process for the athletes was the fitness test which tests the athlete’s fitness, stamina and durability whilst maintaining correct exercise techniques throughout.
The coaches finally gathered the group of athletes together at the end of a long and tiring day (and that was just the parents watching) to announce the selected squad.
Aimee was selected for the Female Junior 16-17yrs Individual Kata event and also for the Female Junior Team Kata event along with Melissa and Natalie a double honour for Aimee.
The full squad is as follows:
- 14-15 Female: Kira Munns-Charlton (Ishinryu)
- 14-15 Male: Kieran Nunkoo (Ashindo-Kai)
- 16-17 Female: Aimee Sell (Ishinryu)
- 16-17 Male: Navin Patel (Ashindo-Kai)
- 18-20 Female: Emma Lucraft (Ishinryu)
- 18-20 Male: Alex Gardner (Shindo-Kai)
- Female: Melissa Williamson (Ishinryu), Natalie Payne (Yanagi-Kai), Aimee Sell (Ishinryu)
- Male: Navin Patel (Ashindo-Kai), Chris Karwacinski (Ishinryu), James Scanlon (BYAKKO)
Sensei Jonathan Mottram commented: “I believe we have the strongest 14-20 year olds this country has ever produced. I feel that with the correct preparation we could have a successful Championship.”
Aimee was extremely pleased to be selected for both categories and considers it the highest possible honour to represent her country. There is always a higher level of expectation resting upon the athlete’s shoulders selected to represent their country, especially knowing they have been selected over their colleagues and there is immense pressure to perform well, not only for themselves, but also for England and their fellow athletes. Aimee fully appreciates this level of pressure and is fully committed to being the best at these championships.
The Junior European Karate Championships are being held in Konya, Turkey in February 2013.
Well done to all the athletes who selected