Holly takes Gold

Holly (middle) with her medal.
Holly (middle) with her medal.

A 13-YEAR-OLD from Eaglesham kicked her way to Karate gold last week.

Holly Martin returned from the firstst Kobe Osaka Icelandic international, held in Reykjavik, in glory after claiming victory over more than 200 young athletes.

Holly won the Gold medal in her own category the 12-13 years section and also claimed silver medal in the Kata for the next category above 14-15 years.

Her coach, Steven Morris, sixth Dan told ExtraSport: “She was a little nervous as it was her first competition of the year.

“She has been training hard and did very well. I am extremely proud of her

“Holly did fantastic winning gold in her first international competition of 2012. She had four really good rounds and her control and balance was excellent.

“ Holly has been training very hard, training three to four times per week and it really has paid off”.

Holly has been training with Sensei Steven for eight years now and won four competitions last year.

Holly added: “I have never been to Iceland before so I did not know what to except so I was a little nervous. Most people spoke English and all seemed very friendly.

“I will definitely return next year to retain my title”.

Holly’s next event will be the Kobe-Osaka England championship in Dorset in two weeks time. At the end of April she will compete in the SKGB Kata national championships in Edinburgh.

Anyone interested in the Kobe-Osaka karate clubs can find available classes held in Stamperland and Eaglesham. Contact 644 3928 for details.