BKO had two representatives at the WAKO Junior European championships in Hungary. This is the culmination of all the hard work and tournament training, competing and squad training that Paige and Charlotte have done over the last year.
The tournament runs for a week with each fighter cometing one round per day and if successful progressing to the final on Saturday.
Paige fought hard in her first round against a polish opponent. She dominated the fight with her strong punching and stopped her opponent several times in the second round to finish a clear winner. In the semi final her form improved and she once again dominated using her strong kicking combinations to pressure her opponent and then striking hard with her hands, Paige cleared her fighter by 10 points and went on to the final to meet her fellow GB team mate. Paige was giving away a large weight advantage here and she didn't get off to the best start after getting caught with a few simple shots. Paige constantly pushed her opponent in the second round and made gains using her punching combinations and speed, but she left herself too much to do and lost the bout. But it was a gold and silver for team GB in this section.
Charlotte has been working on movement and countering for this championships and it stood her in good stead for her first round fight against an Italian opponent. Charlotte pressed her back with her kicks and then pulled her opponent into counters. In the final seconds of the bout Charlotte's movement proved it's worth as she avoided her opponent and then countered with a jumping side kick as she was being chased. This secured her a semi final place. In this bout she faced a German. As the fight progressed Charlotte was once again moving and evading and pulling her opponent onto her punches, but the referees seemed to see her opponents scores before Charlotte's. She pushed back and tried to recover the points, but was unable to change the result. Bronze medal for Charlotte and team GB.
Charlotte was then selected to fight in the team event. GB were to face Ireland first of all and Charlotte showed her strength easily pressuring her Irish opponent with her legs and backfist follow up. Team GB progressed to the semi final where they faced Hungary. Charlotte was last fighter up and unfortunately had a lot of points to recover from the previous bouts. She continued with her usual style of forcing and pulling the opponent, but the Hungarian was content to keep a distance and let the time run down. Charlottte scored points, but it was to big a difference for her to get back. Team GB had to settle for Bronze this time.
Well done girls! A great achievement and good grounding and experience for the World Championships next year.