Oban karate kids bring home medals from first international

Oban Shotokan Squad at the Scottish Kanzen Karate International. From left: Seoras Neil, Coach Rab Neil, Fraser Pollock.

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Young students from Oban Shotokan Karate Club were kicking above their weight in Dundee recently when competing in the Scottish Kanzen Karate International.

Held at the City of Dundee Regional Performance Centre the event, which involved 1,047 entries from 11 countries, was a huge success for the local club. Chief coach/instructor Rab Neil also bagged two bronzes in the senior section to make a total of five in all towards the Scotland tally.

SKU Under 11s team from left: Seoras Neil (Oban), Aiden (Dundee), Fraser Pollock (Oban).

Seoras Neil and Fraser Pollock (both aged 10) earned their first caps when they were both selected on the day to represent Scotland under the Scottish Karate Union.

Seoras Neil (left) gets ready for action.

In the Unders-11s team rotation Seoras won a bronze in the individual category showing great skill against more experienced opponents and just narrowly losing a point which would have taken him into the final.

Both boys gained a bronze in the team event due to Fraser making a spectacular recovery from a five to two point lead against them. Fraser brought the score back to five. Unfortunately the other team made it through when the penalty points were added to decide who won the draw.

Coach Rab Neil gives a pep talk in-between bouts.

‘Our two young athletes performed superbly,’ said Rab. ‘They both competed well against the elite clubs at this prestigious international event.’

Shotokan Karate Club train every Friday evening in the scout hall behind the cathedral at Dunollie. Class 5-12-year-olds from 6.30pm to 7.30pm. Adults class from 7.30pm to 8.30pm. The club primarily trains for competitive sport karate and regularly competes at national and international level.

Contact the club at obanshotokan@gmail.com

Photograph: Oban Shotokan Squad at the Scottish Kanzen Karate International. From left: Seoras Neil, Coach Rab Neil, Fraser Pollock. NO_T22_ShotokanKarate 02