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Rachel Fleming strikes gold four times in superb karate display

By FRANK BROWNLOW

Bangor girl Rachel Fleming managed a stunning clean sweep of four gold medals at the Northern Ireland Championships.

The Glenlola Collegiate student was among 700 competitors who competed in individual kata, individual kumite and team events for the same two disciplines at Lough Moss Leisure Centre, Carryduff – and Rachel collected gold in all four!

She was joined by Amy Adair and Lucy Oldfield in the team kumite and the latter along with Jessica Palmer in the team kata.

In individual kata and individual kumite Rachel was quite simply a class apart.

Coach Kevin Lewis said: "It is by far the best display in any Northern Ireland Championships that I can remember.

"Rachel was on fire with every performance and our team collected the most medals ever at a Northern Ireland Championships."

The rest of the squad from the Scrabo and Carnalea clubs also collected a fantastic haul of medals.

Lucy Oldfield added an individual silver for kata to her two team golds.

Competition newcomer Dylan Houston fought superbly, taking silver in individual kumite and, with the help of Christian Boyles and Luke Allen, claimed a Northern Ireland title for team kumite.

Luke then went on to add a bronze for team kata with Ben Rylance and Karl Andreasson.

Ben then added another bronze for individual kumite and Karl a bronze for individual kata.

Brothers Lewis and Jacq Watton claimed gold and bronze respectively in individual kumite.

Dean Miller, Dylan Bailie and Darren Calvert took silver in team kumite. Dean then added bronze to silver in team kata with Jordan Lewis and Darren Calvert adding bronze for individual kata.

Craig Bradshaw collected another Northern Ireland title, winning the final of the cadets individual kumite. He then added a silver in individual kata.

Team mate Levi Kane did it the other way round with a Northern Ireland title for kata and silver in kumite.

Head Coach David Bradshaw was delighted with the team.

"They have all loads to be proud of," he said.

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