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School Sport: Brentwood Prep sweep board

PUBLISHED: 14:33 25 March 2014 | UPDATED: 14:34 25 March 2014

Brentwood Prep School's James Henderson, Olly Mayes, Charlotte Lloyd and Toby Kidd had success at the National Karate Championships

Brentwood Prep School's James Henderson, Olly Mayes, Charlotte Lloyd and Toby Kidd had success at the National Karate Championships

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Pupils pick up karate medals at Nationals

Brentwood School swept the board at the Independent Association of Prep Schools (IAPS) National Karate Championships.

The second annual IAPS event, held at the Judo Centre in High Wycombe, saw Brentwood’s team claiming gold, silver and bronze medals.

Toby Kidd struck gold alongside Oliver Mayes, while Charlotte Lloyd took silver and James Henderson took bronze.

All medals were won in Kumite, a form of sparring where students execute moves on an opponent for points.

Brentwood coach, Simon Kidd, a professional instructor and former British and English International, said: “The transformation from last year was excellent and for all four to come away with a medal is a great result.”

The event consisted of team and individual competitions, with year four pupil Mayes competing against bigger opponents.

But despite having only two years of karate training under his belt, Mayes succeeded in beating all others in his category.

Year six pupil Lloyd appeared at the IAPS event for the first time, having first tried karate when told about it by a classmate.

Lloyd enjoyed it so much it wasn’t long before she started training every week and began working her way through the belts.

Now training in karate and kickboxing classes every Tuesday Lloyd wants to encourage everyone to try karate at least once.

The sport is a big part of the weekly routine for 11-year-old Henderson, who trains almost every day at school and his club and also trains in kickboxing.

Henderson was making his second appearance at the championships and enjoyed every moment of it saying: “My favourite parts of the day were competing in the singles and getting my medal at the end of the day.”

For more information on the IAPS and their events, please visit their website: https://www.iaps.org.uk/.


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