50th Senior European Karate Championships - 19-22nd March 2015
Istanbul, Turkey, played hosts to the 50th European Karate Championships with Karate Girl Aimee Sell selected to represent England in the Female Kata team category and for the first time at the Senior Europeans, selected for the female individual Kata category too.
Aimee flew out with the England squad a few days before the championships began allowing the squad to have a few days pre-training prior to the championships. Aimee was competing on the first day of the championships, Thursday 19th March in her individual category with the team competing the next day.
Senior Female Kata
Aimee had won her opening round 4 flags to 1 after taking on her Azerbaijan opponent who performed Goju Shiho Sho with Aimee performing a good Nipaipo Kata.
Unfortunately Aimee was knocked out in the second round after performing Suparinpai Kata against her Belarusian opponent's Chatanyara Kushanku Kata. The judges scored the match 3 flags to 2 against Aimee. The Belarusian lost her next round unfortunately leaving Aimee out of the repechage rounds.
So not the result Aimee was hoping for, losing out on a narrow split decision, but a great learning experience for her future exploits.
Senior Female Team Kata
Aimee and her teammates, Melissa and Natalie, competed the next day in the Team Kata event. Up first they performed Chatanyara Kushanku Kata against their Macedonian opponent's Suparinpai Kata. Once again a narrow split decision, 3 flags to 2, went against Aimee and the team. The Macedonian's went all the way to the pool final where they lost out to Germany, leaving England just out of the repechage rounds.
Aimee took away a great deal of experience from these championships and will be looking to implement some of these into her future performances.