Karate kids need help for World Championships

PUBLISHED: 13:35 10 August 2011

Emma Lucraft and Aimee Sell will compete for England at the World Junior Karate Championships

Emma Lucraft and Aimee Sell will compete for England at the World Junior Karate Championships


Local duo in search for sponsorship

Top karate athletes Aimee Sell and Emma Lucraft have earned call-ups to represent England at the official World Karate Federation Junior World Championships in Malaysia in October.

Both girls are English and British champions in their age groups but, like many athletes, have had to pay thousands of pounds to get to the top of their sport without funding.

And the former Emerson Park pupils - members of Havering’s Talented 30 scheme - are looking for sponsorship to help them continue their rise to the top.

Debbie Sell, mother of Aimee, explained: “As Sport England do not recognise any one national governing body in England for karate the girls are basically on their own.

“Their national governing body is recognsed by the WKF, which is the only world body for karate recognised by the International Olympic Committee.

“With karate back on the shortlist for the 2020 games all the athletes will have to continue their own funding until such time.”

Both girls have represented Havering at the London Youth Games in the past - Sell was named Havering Sports Council’s Junior Sports Personality last year a and hold various international titles between them.

Sell was the first British female in 25 years to win a European Championships medal in kata and Emma won silver representing her University and represented the British Universities in Europe last month.

The duo train with National kata coach Jonathan Mottram, but will both have to pay £1,500 to get to the world championships in Malaysia.

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Sell added: “If selected for the Junior Europeans in Azerbeijan, it will be nearly as expensive.

“They will also both be trying out for the senior events which will be held in Tenerife (Europeans) and Paris (Worlds).

“Both girls are trying to live the dream but lack of sponsorship funding is hindering this dream.”

If anyone does want to sponsor the pair, they can contact Debbie Sell via email or call 07590 632269.

To read more about the girls go to and www.englishkaratefederation.comsquads.

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