Mansfield martial arts youngsters triumph in Tunisia

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Mansfield youngsters helped the England team to bring home a glittering haul of 24 trophies from the WMKF World Martial Art Championships in Tunisia.

The students, representing the PBA Kidz Academy on Newgate Lane Mansfield, and the Personal Best Academy on Pelham Street, Mansfield, competed in Semi-Contact, Traditional Kata, Musical Forms and Team Forms in their relevant age and rank divisions.

Frankie Ulyatt and Chloe Adcock were both crowned triple World Cup Winners and alongside their team mates, the WMKF England squad brought home a total of 24 trophies. Results:

Courtney Marke – 2nd Place Team Forms, 3rd Place Semi-Contact; Frankie Ulyatt – 1st Place Traditional Kata, 1st Place Team Forms, 1st Place Musical Forms; Jimmy Ulyatt – 3rd Place Semi-Contact ; Chloe Adcock – 1st Place Traditional Kata, 1st Place Semi-Contact, 1st Place Musical Forms; Lia Morley – 3rd Place Team Kata. 3rd Place Semi-Contact ; Millie McConville – 2nd Place Semi-Contact ; Colin Morley – 3rd Place Semi-Contact ; Elisha Morley – 3rd Place Team Kata

Jack Thorne – 3rd Place Semi-Contact; Henry Williams – 2nd Place Traditional Kata, 3rd Place Musical Forms; Jack Jones – 1st Place Team Kata, 3rd Place Traditional Kata; Lisette Westwater – 2nd Place Team Kata, 2nd Place Musical Forms, 2nd Place Traditional Kata; Tony Westwater – 3rd Place Semi-Contact; Mark Bottomley – 3rd Place Semi Contact.

The students and coaches at the PBA schools expressed gratitude to the local community for their fundraising support and backing which enabled them to attend the prestigious event and compete against other athletes from 16 other countries, including Nepal, India, Egypt, Switzerland, Italy, Sicily, Scotland, Tunisia, Australia and Argentina.

PBA chief instructor and WMKF England director Zara Phythian has announced that the next World Championship event will be held in Malta and the UK Qualifiers will be held in Mansfield, next spring with the date and venue to be confirmed.

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