The last week of August saw three fighters from Laois Martial Arts compete in the WAKO European Championships in Gyor, Hungary.
The team travelled over as part of Team Ireland for the Childrens, Cadets and Junior European Championships.
Current National Champion Edward Comerford (8) and Double National Champion Caitlin Knight (10) competed in Point fighting while Club Black Belt Amelia Reinhardt (13) competed in the Light Contact.
First to take to the mats was Edward Comerford in the -27kg Children’s. Edward had a great contest but ended up claiming the bronze medal after bowing out to Bulgaria.
Edward also selected for the team event securing an amazing silver medal for the team after 2 super performances as part of Team Ireland.
The next team member to step on the mats for Team Ireland was club Black Belt and Junior Coach, Amelia Reinhardt in the -42kg Older Cadets.
The next team member to step on the mats for Team Ireland was club Black Belt and Junior Coach, Amelia Reinhardt in the -42kg Older Cadets
The final competitor from the club to step on the mats was Caitlin Knight -28kg Younger Cadets. Cadet secured a quarter final place which put her up against Hungary in her contest.
Hungary would take the victory here after a great performance and effort from both fighters.
Coach Shane Culleton complimented his fighters on their determination and resilience. The amount of work it takes from the fighters to reach this level really makes them grow as athletes and people.