Islington youngster shows nerves of steel in Sheffield to claim gold medal hat-trick

The Veras Academy medal winners on day one of the BKF Four Nations Championship in Sheffield

The Veras Academy medal winners on day one of the BKF Four Nations Championship in Sheffield - Credit: Archant

Luca Veras stole the show with a hat-trick of gold medals at the British Karate Federation Four Nations Championship in Sheffield.

The eight-year-old was the outstanding performer among the contingent from Islington-based Veras Academy, winning both individual kata and kumite in the 7-9 years age group.

He also teamed up with brother Liam, 10, to take gold in the 7-10 years pairs kata, while the latter picked up an individual silver medal for kata in the 10-11 years section.

Eldest brother Luan Veras won silver in the Under-40g kumite for 12 to 13-year-olds, with the academy also accruing a stack of bronze medals at the two-day tournament.

Lucienne Brown won bronze in the 12-13 years Under-40kg kumite and also joined Demie Holland for another third place in the 11-13 years pairs kata event.

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Isaac Gibson and Jack Gentili Walsh took bronze in the 7-10 years pairs kata, while there were similar medals for Chloe Casimir (14-15 years Over-54kg kumite) and Jeremy Mejia (16-17 years Over-76kg kumite).

At senior level, bronze medals went to Donna Blake (Over-68kg kumite), Sam Mrabet (Under-84kg kumite), Mette McLarney (veterans’ kata) and Bernadete Urrutia (veterans’ kumite).

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Head instructor Sensei Raphael Veras said: “We believe that by training our students in kihon, kata and kumite they will receive the most meaningful karate training.

“This definitely shone through at the championships and I am very happy with the results. The standard was extremely high, as usual, and each member of the team put in very strong performances.”

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