Medal success for Veras brothers at national championships

PUBLISHED: 16:39 02 April 2014 | UPDATED: 16:39 02 April 2014

Left to right: Luke Kavanagh, Luan Veras, Luca Veras, Liam Veras

Left to right: Luke Kavanagh, Luan Veras, Luca Veras, Liam Veras


Brothers Luan and Liam Veras teamed up to win five medals between them at the English Karate Federation National Championships in Sheffield.

Eight-year-old Liam began the two-day tournament by winning bronze in the Under-nines’ kata section and then joined Luan, 9, to take gold in the pairs’ kata.

The pair linked up with Veras Academy team-mate Emre Oner to secure a bronze medal in the team kata, while Luan added another bronze in the Under-nines’ individual fight category.

Luke Kavanagh narrowly missed out on a place, but Luan and Liam then helped the academy to claim another medal as they – along with six-year-old brother Luca – took silver in the junior team fight section.

There was further success for Veras Academy on the second day of the tournament as Sanan Aliyev won four fights in a row to reach the senior men’s Under-67kg elite kumite final, where he had to settle for the silver medal after a referee’s decision.

For further information about Veras Academy, who train at Ringcross Community Centre, visit

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