A Writtle University College student has won the British International Karate Open Kata and Kumite competitions in her categories.
Bryony Smith, who is studying a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport (Performance & Excellence), won in the age 16 to 17, 60kg+, categories in the disciplines.
The 16-year-old, from Felsted, near Dunmow, has been training in karate for 10 years and competing for around six years in competitions such as the nationals and British championships, as well as many local club competitions.
She said: “I love training in karate because it is an extremely challenging sport that takes lots of practice to perfect. It is also a very mentally challenging sport which adds another aspect - a desire to perfect the techniques.
“Winning competitions feels amazing as all the hard work and training has paid off. I also set goals from my last competition to try and achieve at the next one to try to improve competition techniques further each time.”
Her interest in karate has inspired her to go into sport for her career, with the first step being study at Writtle University College, near Chelmsford.
“I have a great interest in all the other aspects of the sport and how the body can adapt to perform at its best when it needs to,” she said.
“I want to work in the personal training industry in the future and, following on from that, my ultimate dream is to own my own gym one day.”
The Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport (Performance & Excellence) is an advanced level course providing students with an academic understanding of the role played by sport and professional athletes in today's society. It includes Level 2 Fitness Instructor Qualifications so is ideal for people like Bryony who want to go into coaching or training.
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