Dundee has again been placed firmly on the international Karate map with two youngsters from Kanzen Karate becoming world champion at the weekend.
Oliver Bruce and Leah Dunn were selected to represent Scotland at the UWK World Karate Championships in Montecatini, Italy. The team flew out on Wednesday with both Oliver and Leah dominating their Kumite (sparring) sections and becoming world champions.
Oliver Bruce, current Dundee Young Sports Person of the Year and WUKF European Champion, convincingly won the 13-14 Years Boys Kumite Section. Leah Dunn, who first won the world championships in 2017 aged 12, dominated her group and won the final in style.
The UWK World Karate Championships brings together the best athletes from across the globe 45 countries present over the 4 day competition in Italy.
Kanzen Karate Chief Instructor and current Dundee Sports Coach of the Year, Sensei Roy O’Kane said: “Both Oliver and Leah were simply outstanding during the competition. They have worked incredibly hard to get to this position and they thoroughly deserved to win.
“Competing against the best in the world is the biggest challenge these athletes will face and we are are very proud of them both.
“They have once again represented their city and country with pride and distinction. They are great role models for other children in Dundee and their success is a major boost ahead of us hosting the WUKF World Karate Championships next year”
Current Dundee Sports Club of the Year, Kanzen Karate, will play host to the 7th WUKF World Karate Championships for All Ages between June 14 and 17. This major event will bring thousands of athletes from across the world to Dundee and Angus.