BRIDLINGTON: Golds galore and plenty of silver and bronze medals too

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Students from Bridlington Martial Arts and Fitness Centre warmed up for their trip to Japan later this year by sweeping the board at national championships.

The team brought home 18 medals out of a possible 42 available at the WBF UK Nationals, held in Chesterfield.

Shannon Mitchell

Shannon Mitchell

As well as scooping numerous individual honours, the team received the 2013 Champions Cup, which was presented to captain Franklyn Hicken.

It was the first time the Bridlington team had entered a national competition, and the y will now work towards representing England at the World Championship Toki Cup in Japan in July.

Chief instructor Stuart Hicken, who represented the UK at a martial arts seminar in Portugal shortly after the tournament, said: “I am very proud of my students and would like to thank all the mums and dads for their assistance with organising the trip. Bring on Japan.”

Leading the way at Chesterfield were Adele Kendall and Lily Price, who returned to Yorkshire with two gold mdeals.

Captain Franklyn Hicken

Captain Franklyn Hicken

Three other young students, Robert Fowler, Owen Taylor and Kane Jagger, also picked up individual golds.

Claire Brown took home a gold and a bronze, while Nathan Sutcliffe won a gold and a silver medal.

More medals followed with silvers for Hugo Wilkie, Matthew Paterson, Courtney Ayrton and Joshua Stubbs.

And Kingston Lawrence, Charley Ayrton and Andrew Marr all picked up a bronze in their events.

Kane Jagger

Kane Jagger

It is the start of a busy year for the Bridlington club, which is based in hilderthorpe Road and runs a host of classes in martial arts and self defence, as well as fitness classes in aerobics, zumba and even pole dancing.

Before the trip to Japan, the club is hosting an international seminar at Leisure World next month which is expected to attract masters from across the globe.