14th September 2018
Thirty nations and over 600 athletes descended on Leicestershire at the end of August for the Wadokai World Karate Championships – where two St Brendan’s sisters won gold medals.
Billed as the Wadokai All Nations Championships, the event, which usually takes place in Japan, proved to be a memorable one for Alex and Chynah Williams; both sisters took home gold medals and were crowned World Wadokai Karate champions.
The Williams sisters, who both finished studying at St Brendan’s this summer, secured medals in their individual events. Alex took home the gold in her category whilst sister Chynah clinched the bronze medal in her individual event. Chynah also went on to be a part of a history-making victory in the women’s team event, alongside two other team-mates. It is the first time since the championships began that England has won the women’s team event.
The recent Championship is just one event of many where the sisters have succeeded in bringing home medals. The sisters have visited a number of cities including Reykjavik and Belgium and have shone at competitions across the globe. Naturally, the sisters are determined to continue their development in their sport; with their sights set firmly on the 2020 Olympics. Karate is one of five new sports to be introduced to the next Olympic Games taking place in Tokyo.
We wish the Williams sisters much success in the future and look forward to following their post-St Brendan’s journey on their route to Tokyo!