Beverley schoolgirl Amy White has repaid the faith shown in her by Hudgell Solicitors – winning the British Karate Championship to get her new season off to the best possible start.
Competing against the very best from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow, the 11-year-old from Tickton breezed through her four rounds, reaffirming her position as one of the UK’s most promising young talents.
Amy carried on from last season’s success when she won the coveted UK, Swiss and Dutch championship titles, and gained silver medal placings in Poland and Sweden.
As she has to travel across the M62 to Barnsley every week to train at one of the best clubs in the UK, and across the country regularly to attend tournaments, Hudgell Solicitors Community Trust has helped to reduce the costs involved by sponsoring the ambitious youngster.
Determined to enjoy another season of success, Amy had put in extra intense training regimes at home with her father in their purpose-built dojo (karate gym) for two hours a day, seven days a week, in the run up to the British Championships.
Her proud father, Les, says all the extra hard work, dedication and preparation before the competition paid dividends on the day.
“Amy looked really comfortable and totally at ease during every round. She didn’t let the big occasion get to her. She was in total control and in a great place mentally, and that is down to hours and hours of practice and preparation,” he said.
“I’m really pleased for her that the hard work came to fruition on the day.”
Amy competes in Karate “kata” competitions whereby every single kick, punch or block is stringently critiqued by a panel of five judges for strength, speed, pin-point accuracy, traditional Japanese technique and application.
Despite only taking up the sport just a little over three years ago, she has become the most internationally-decorated karate competitor in her age group and has hopes that one day she may be able to represent her country in the European Olympic Games.
She will head to another major tournament in September, and Jo Hudgell, chair of the Hudgell Solicitors Trust, said: “It is great to see Amy building on her success from last year, and once again, this success has come through determination and dedication.
“The Trust is always delighted to support our talented young sporting stars. It can be costly to train and compete in these competitions, but we know the sponsorship of the Trust is going to somebody who will make the very best use of it in Amy and her father Les. Hopefully, we’ll continue seeing her name in the news as one of the country’s leading young sporting stars.”