Dunmow youngster helps England to karate gold

Dunmow Kyokushinkai Karate Club's Fynn Clements

Dunmow Kyokushinkai Karate Club's Fynn Clements - Credit: Archant

A Dunmow nine-year-old helped the England karate Pee Wee team to a gold medal on his debut at the Severn Challenge Tournament in Galway, Ireland.

Fynn Clements from Dunmow Kyokushinkai Karate Club, a student at Gt Dunmow Primary School, was part of the England Pee Wee team, for under 11-year-olds, that beat Wales and Ireland to take first place.

Clements was not the only member of the Dunmow club to participate at the event as 14-year-old Kayley Morris represented the England junior (up to 16-years-of-age) section.

Unfortunately she had to retire in the early rounds due to an injury.

Dunmow’s chief instructor, Shihan Andrew Turner told the Broadcast: “It’s brilliant for Fynn as it was his first time representing England, he’s young but a very talented and a committed young man who lives and breathes karate at the moment.

“Kayley has represented England before and went to the World Tournament in March and came third.

“She is also a good hockey player who has England trials and the karate helps her with that.

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“Kayley is one of the top fighters in the country.”

Turner himself has been recognised by being promoted to the grade of 6th Dan by the chief instructor of the BKK, Hanshi Steve Arneil 10th Dan.

He said: “It’s a bit of a shock, it’s such a privilege as there are only 10 of us in the country.

“I retired as a GB and England coach in March and have trained for 35 years.

“I just do it for the love of the sport and promote it as I know how much I have got out of it over the years and want to share it so others do the same.”