Three members of Aylesbury’s Tairyoku Shotokan Karate Club have been called up to the England National Squad for 2013.
Lester Wellington, third Dan Black Belt and chief instructor at the club said he was delighted with Nicole Lester, Ken Bueno Sharples and Jason Fox after they were selected for the Japanese Karate Association England squad.
Lester, 16, passed her black belt in mid-2011 and has won medals in numerous national and local competitions.
She has been training with Tairyoku since 2008, having trained with a club in Cyprus prior to moving to Wendover.
Wellington said: “Her selection is just reward for all her hard work and dedication. This is her first year on the squad.”
Ten year old Fairford Leys karate kid Ken joined the club at the end of 2009 as a complete novice, and has not yet taken his black belt grading but was still recommended by Sensei Wellington to attend the selection trials for the JKA England squad.
Wellington added: “Attendees of the squad come from all over England, Wales and Ireland and the overwhelming majority are already black belts so this is a magnificent achievement for him.
“It is also Ken’s first year on the squad.”
Finally 17 year old Jason Fox, who is a second Dan black belt, started his training at the club when he was just five years old.
It is Fox’s eighth year as a member of the JKA England Squad but first as a senior, having represented England in many competitions including World Championships in Australia and last year in the European Championships in France, where he won a silver medal.
Wellington said: “He has competed at the top level for many years and is a perfect role model.”
Tairyoku was established in 1999, and from Sensei Wellington’s first class of 17 students, the club has grown to have more than 200 training in 13 dojos throughout Buckinghamshire, six days a week.
The main dojo is in Bierton and further details can be found on the club’s website at www.tskc.co.uk