Dad and daughter in the medals

Dad and daughter in the medals

Dad and daughter in the medals

First published in Sport

FATHER and daughter karate aces, Martyn and Imogen Skipper, brought home four medals between them from a major international tournament in Malta.

Martyn claimed two golds and a silver, with Imogen winning silver at the prestigious Malta Open, which attracted competitors from nine countries and 16 karate federations.

The Edgworth pair were part of the Amateur Martial Association national karate squad taking part in the 10th SKSM Malta Open in Dingli.

They train at Tower Shukokai Karate Club in Edgworth under coach Andy Allwood.

Martyn, aged 49, won the veterans’ over-40s kumite sparring event and was second in the kata solo performance competition.

He also helped a three-man England team to win the senior male team kumite, winning his bout in a 2-1 victory over Ireland in the final, and is now looking ahead to the World Veterans Championships in Bucharest in June.

Imogen took silver in the 14-15-year-old girls’ individual kumite event, losing to AMA squad-mate Danielle Dunn of Sunderland in the final.

The 15-year-old has made an instant mark on the sport in her first year of open competition, winning gold in four tournaments, and hopes her impressive performance in Malta will help earn her a place on the AMA Elite squad.

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