SKC ENGLAND AT SKDUN WORLDS CHAMPIONSHIPS – By Eric Pich
8 & 9 OCTOBER 2016 BOURGAS, BULGARIA
The SKCE England Team together with Seniors and accompanying family arrived at the five star resort in Bourgas, Bulgaria on Wednesday, 5 October. The hotel and facilities were excellent and a great way to enjoy the days leading up to the competition which for the SKC England team were to start on the Saturday. It helped that the temperature was still pretty good for the time of year and we had only one day of rain during our time in Bulgaria and that was a competition day.
On arrival at the resort the remainder of the day was taken up with everyone getting to know what the hotel had to offer by way of our rooms (still not sure how two of the teenage girls on the Team managed to get such an enormous room with a pool-size jaccuzzi and fabulous views!), the food in the restaurant or poolside and what was available to drink…
The Team quickly found that what wasn’t available within the resort could probably be purchased at “Janet” a few minutes’ walk away.
The Team’s training over the course of the three days before the competition was mostly done outside. Accompanying family and seniors were usually poolside, at the beach or taking a trip to Janet. Some did try the water slides but being out of season, the slides were waterless.
There were a couple of indoor pool training sessions with races and water polo games thrown in but the session everyone loved the most was the training session in the outdoor pool taken by Sensei Eric at 7.30am, who told the Team it was good for them.
It’s probably true to report that it wasn’t enjoyed by everyone… Some even said they had not warmed up by lunchtime.
One parent had previously dived in the pool, said it was so cold they had temporarily lost the use of their arms and looked very much like a seal getting out of the water. But it was probably good for him…
SKC England were joined on the [Thursday] [Friday] by a few members of Mervyn O’Donnell’s Association. They were invited to combine their training session with SKC’s and within a very short space of time everyone was integrated as one England Team.
From the youngest at 11 years of age through to the Veterans, there was a tight bond and everyone was determined to do well both individually and as a team with everyone helping each other.
Ellie Lewis (11yrs) – Bronze in Individual Kata and Kumite
Timiah Shorter (13yrs) – Bronze in Individual Kumite
Joshua Han (15yrs) – Gold in Individual Kata
Arisa Bunsan, Joshua Han, Hannah Mercer – Bronze Team Kata (Junior Mixed)
Arisa Bunsan, Emma Hood and Rosie Hubbard – Bronze Team Kumite (Junior Female)
Lamia Hamidovic, Emma Hood and Alexandra Merisoiu – Bronze Team Kumite (Senior Female)