MARTIAL ARTS: Medals for Spalding duo on world stage

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Spalding fighters Jake Bristow and Josh Peters won medals on the world stage.

Their successes came in the WKC World Championships 2011 in Cadiz, Spain.

Bristow won gold in sparring and Peters, who won bronze, said: “I enjoyed the whole thing and meeting fellow students from around the world.

“The fact that I achieved a bronze medal for my country made me very proud.”

The lads were part of a strong Spalding Torite and Spalding Grammar School contingent in the WKC England squad. The club had ten members selected, which was a great achievement.

The championships included martial arts of all styles including karate, tae kwon do and kung fu.

The level of competition was, as expected, extremely high. Standards were so high that some medals were only split by 0.4 of a point.

A good time was had by everyone with all team members supporting each other and swapping kits with other teams at the finals party.

Instructor John Burke said: “These championships have been a big eye opener and have shown us how much we need to up our game.

“We are now looking forward to future championships and hope to improve.

“I am extremely proud of all the students as they all gave 100 per cent.”

Countries taking part were Austria, Belgium, England, Wales, Germany, Egypt, Greece, France, Canada, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland, USA and Slovakia