Phoenix veteran Gavin Irvine earns black belt at the age of 69

Competitors at the inter-club competition at Cliff Park Ormiston Academy face the camera. Picture: C

Competitors at the inter-club competition at Cliff Park Ormiston Academy face the camera. Picture: Club - Credit: Archant

It was another busy weekend for The Phoenix Karate Group with the interclub competition at Cliff Park Ormiston Academy, Gorleston.

The event attracted new competitors to competition from all eight clubs and some of the more experienced students were there to lend their support and demonstrate their skills.

Kata first place: Aaliyah Miller, William Mortimer, Billy Baker, Johannes Bieber, Zara Williams and Oliver Wadhams. Second: Bryony Brown, Kavinaya Yokithan, Leighton Kerr, Benjamin Palmer, Tay Emmerson, Billy Baker. Third: Deshaal Ilankumar, Hugo Sequeira, Cory Newton-Adams, Kavinaya Yokithan, Billy Baker.

Kumite first place: Aaliyah Miller, Billy Baker, Colby Duffield, Jasmine Dunn, Maggie Doyle, Cory Newton-Adams, Kashia Wadhams, Negal Ilankumar, Deshaal Ilankumar, Deryn Dobson, Jack Bayes. Second: Kavinaya Yokithan, Tay Emmerson, William Mortimer, Bryony Brown, Skye Palmer, Oliver Wadhams, Lily-Mae Green, Hugo Sequeira, Mason Buxton, Arlie Dobson, Jacob Jenkins. Third: Oliver Wadhams, Johannes Bieber, Oliver Whittle, Emily Hodges, India Palmer, William Janusz, Sachin Yokithan, Joey Bedford, Logan Doyle, Gary Peek.

On Sunday it was the second Dan grading of 2017 and once again the students proved themselves worthy to wear a Phoenix Black Belt after being put through their paces for several hours.

Junior first Dan went to Leighton Kerr, Callum Howes and Jason Chua, senior first Dan to Karen Williams, Dr Ian Yates and Gavin Irvine, aged 69. and senior second Dan to Julie Halladay.

Instructor Vivianne Trorey said: “I was especially pleased to give Gavin his black belt. He was an assistant instructor with the Great Yarmouth Tae Kwon Do club which held lessons at Northgate Hospital Social Club when I started training in the early 1980s. He was a first kyu when he left karate in the 1990s but a couple of years ago he came back and has worked up through the grades again to achieve his dream of obtaining his first Dan.”

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