Sport Karate East’s (SKE) kids led the way as the club returned to Dundee with a haul of five medals from the seven athletes that took part in the Lisbon International Open.
SKE were in Portugal at the weekend for the prestigious European tournament with youngsters Lewis Bryson, Liam Collins, Eve Watt, Daisy Hutchison and Filip Zmudzinski taking podium places on the Sunday.
The year-end event, contested by nearly 1,000 athletes, also saw both Billie Ross and Matthew Pratt narrowly miss out on prizes – finishing fifth and seventh respectively in their sections on the Saturday.
However, SKE’s young guns were inspired to avenge for their club-mates and were magnificent on day two of the championships.
Bryson and Collins were the first up on the podium – winning bronze medals in the male U/14 – 45kgs category.
Next up in the female U/12 – 40kgs category was Hutchison and Watt who were able to take home silver and bronze respectively.
Last but by no means least, Zmudzinski was on fire on the tatami in the male U/12 – 35kgs section.
He was able to scoop a silver medal after battling his Italian opponent so hard to take gold across five rounds.
Of his and the whole squad’s performance, youth development director Richard Mallinson said: “Filip is on the ascent as this was his first international final. He showed great maturity in his performance at such a high-level event.
“The consistency of performance from these young athletes is phenomenal, yet again demonstrating that selection process which SAKAI and SKE have in place is delivering tangible results.
“Five out of seven athletes reaching the podium and the other two just narrowly missing out on joining the other squad members on the rostrum.
“If 2018 was anything to go by, then 2019 will be a sensational year of high-quality performances from the SKE squad.”