Huge haul of medals for martial arts students

The mayor Cllr Liam Dealtry meets the team
The mayor Cllr Liam Dealtry meets the team

Bridlington students swept the board at the London World Opens martial arts competition.

Members of the Bridlington Martial Arts and Fitness Club headed to Crystal Palace National Sports Centre and returned to East Yorkshire with a stunning haul of 39 medals.

Charlie Ayrton

Charlie Ayrton

Head coach Stuart Hicken believes that some of his students could even have a chance of making the grade for the next Olympics in Tokyo in 2020.

Grand Master Hicken said “I was bursting with pride all day, our students were fantastic both on and off the mats.

“A lot of the other masters and coaches approached me congratulating me on the quality of them and Grand Master Gary Wasniewski from the London Martial Arts Hall of Fame said our students were amazing and had Olympic possibility.

“We are now looking forward to competing in a lot of the national and international competitions next year and hope to get a chance at the Olympic trials.”

Plenty of Bridlington students headed to the podium

Plenty of Bridlington students headed to the podium

The Bridlington team picked up 22 gold medals, 11 silvers and six bronze medals from the capital.

Mr Hicken, who has more than 45 years of experience in martial arts, had spent months in the lead-up to the competition, working with his team of instructors to pass on his vast knowledge and ensure every move was as polished as possible.

He added: “For any team to win a medal in sport, either individually or in sub teams, takes dedication, determination and belief. In recent months, leading up to the championships, training for the team was intensified and programs set in place.”

But he also praised the work of everyone who had played their part in getting the youngsters to the capital.

Cortney Ayrton

Cortney Ayrton

Mr Hicken said: “Behind the scenes parents and friends raised funds by organising sponsored walks, bag packing at supermarkets, raffles and many other varied events to help with the accommodation and travel costs for the team and their families.

“A huge amount of thanks must go to the team’s families for their support through training and for fund raising.

“It would not have happened without them, which goes to show the club is one big family and when you all work together and support one another through good times and hard times, high standards of excellence can be reached.”

The mayor of Bridlington, Cllr Liam Dealtry, visited the centre in Hilderthorpe Road to congratulate the winning students.

Liberty Rollinson

Liberty Rollinson

Antonia Winters

Antonia Winters