A Royle celebration

by Gazette Reporter
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Corduff Shotokan Karate Club were celebrating last week after their world champion Leeanne Royle received the Dublin Sports Awards Star of the Month honour for October 2013.

The award was in recognition of her being crowned world champion at the World Shotokan Karate Championships in Liverpool where she defeated two American champions and one Spanish champion to claim the title.

The award has proved a huge boost to the club and comes ahead of Leeanne and clubmates Eleanore Coates and Yacine Ghanem travelling to the Karate Union of Great Britain National Championships which will be held in the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham in May to represent the United Shotokjan Karate Federation of Ireland.

Speaking after the win, Leeanne’s father and trainer, sensei David Royle, revealed the extent of the positive feedback he and Leeanne received from the club after the announcement of the award.

“When we went to the club last Tuesday, everyone was delighted for Leeanne, everyone was chuffed. We got tremendous feedback from the [awards] night, and Leeanne was over the moon. It’s fantastic for her to see so many people backing her, it’s a real confidence booster. Because of the award, there is now more interest in her next competition in Birmingham.”

David explained that on the back of Leeanne’s successes on the national and international stage, membership at the club has increased significantly, and that a combination of factors has led to the increased interest in the sport in the local area.

“The numbers at Corduff have boomed in recent times down to a multitude of factors. This is our 24th year in operation, and it doesn’t look as if we are slowing down, we are getting better and better, and I’m delighted.

“It is a combination of things, but Leeanne’s win on the shotokan world stage has been a major factor. But it it also down to the organisation that we are affiliated to, which I am a part of. We run constant events for our students and members, competitions and seminars, some of which are free.”

In Birmingham, Leeanne will be defending her Karate Union of Great Britain championship title, while Eleanore is following up her performance in the British national championships, where she won bronze after fighting the current European champion and the former European champion. Yacine, meanwhile, is travelling to Birmingham for his very first tournament.

For more information on the club, log on to www.uskf.org/ClubHomepages/Corduff/tabid/177/Default.aspx

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