Karate cup at stake

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Karate exponents from around the region and beyond will descend on Arrowtown School Hall at 10am on Sunday for the Samurai New Zealand Championship trophy.

About 120 Shukokai club competitors from Queenstown, Arrowtown, Wanaka, Cromwell, Alexandra, Dunedin and Auckland will take part – cheered on by what’s expected to be a bumper crowd.

It’s the first time the event’s been staged in Arrowtown, with the local karate club defending the trophy it won for the first time last year in Queenstown.

“There’s a good bit of rivalry beginning to build and everyone is fired up to try and take the cup off us,” says Arrowtown Shukokai member Jackie Leat.

The Arrowtown club will be on hot form after three of its youngsters grabbed four medals at the Karate NZ Open in Christchurch last month.

Leat’s daughter Anna won gold and silver in under-8 categories and Kyle Galbraith and Drew McTaggart each took bronze in the age 11 division.

  • Pictured are Arrowtown youngsters Anna Leat (front left) and (clockwise from left) Drew McTaggart, Kyle Galbraith and Michael Leat.