Veras Academy achieve perfect 10 at national championships

The Veras Academy squad at the EKF National Championships. Back row, left to right: Sensei Alton Bro

The Veras Academy squad at the EKF National Championships. Back row, left to right: Sensei Alton Brown, Sam Mrabet, Sensei Raphael Veras. Front row (l-r): Luan Veras, Seyhan Cinar, Liam Veras, Luca Veras. - Credit: Archant

Islington-based Veras Academy secured a total haul of 10 medals – including one gold – at the English Karate Federation National Championships in Sheffield.

Luca Veras, competing in the 8-9 years’ kumite, brought home the academy’s gold medal, while Sam Mrabet was a silver medallist in the Under-75kg senior men’s kumite.

There were also silver medals for Luan Veras, Liam Veras and Seyhan Cinar in the 10-13 years’ kata section, as well as one for Harry Elves in the learning disability kata.

Mrabet (senior open men’s kumite) and Luan Veras (boys 10-13 years’ kata) added a bronze medal apiece to the tally, as did Chloe Casimir in the girls 14-15 years’ kumite at Over-54kg.

Jasmine Pomeroy claimed a brace of bronze medals in the Under-68kg and open weight senior women’s kumite events, as well as linking up with Donna Blake to win yet another bronze in the team kumite.

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Head instructor Sensei Raphael Veras, who trained the squad along with coach Alton Brown, said: “I am extremely proud of my team. Each one is working towards individual long-term goals and this competition was an important part of that journey.

“Each of them performed to their best ability and I could not ask for more than that.”

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For more information about the academy’s activities, visit www.verasacademy.

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