Islington boy claims hat-trick of medals at British karate championships

The Veras Academy squad at Harlow. Back row l-r: Chloe Casimir, Sensei Raphael Veras (Chief Instruct

The Veras Academy squad at Harlow. Back row l-r: Chloe Casimir, Sensei Raphael Veras (Chief Instructor), Andras Tamas. Front row l-r: Liam Veras, Daniel Gardner, Luca Veras, Jack Gentili, Isaac Gibson, Makhae Rosengrove, Robert Stanev. - Credit: Archant

Islington youngster Luca Veras collected two individual gold medals and a third in the team events at the British Institute Karate Organisation Championships in Harlow.

The eight-year-old, a member of the Islington-based Veras Academy squad, won both the individual kumite and mixed individual kata for Under-nines.

He also linked up with team-mates Jack Gentili, also eight, and seven-year-old Isaac Gibson to win the gold medal in the Under-nine boys’ team kumite.

Veras and Gentili won silver medals in the Under-nine pairs kata too, while Liam Veras and Seyhan Cinar matched that achievement in the 10-13 years age group.

Cinar also clinched a silver medal in the individual kata (10-12 years) and bronze in the individual fight category, with Chloe Casimir taking the equivalent silver and bronze in the 13-15 years age group.

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The squad won two more individual bronze medals at Harlow, courtesy of Liam Veras in the 10-12 years kata and Patricia Perote in the Over-18 fight open category.

Andras Tamas also picked up bronze in the Over-18 team kumite, as did eight-year-old Makhae Rosengrove and Daniel Gardner and Robert Stanev, both nine, in the Under-nines boys’ team kumite.

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Chief instructor Raphael Veras said: “All our competitors did really well and learned useful lessons from this experience. I am very pleased with the way they performed under pressure.”

For more information about Veras Academy, who run regular classes at Ringcross Community Centre, call 07886 495 135 or visit

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