Pat Rockett and his victorious team after their return from Bratislavia with club coaches and Minister John Halligan. Photo: Joe Evans.
Members of the Pat Rockett Martial Arts Academy Took Bratislava by storm last weekend at the WUKF World Karate Championships In Slovakia.
The Waterford ream of 21 were part of the Irish Karate Federations national squad representing Ireland at one of the biggest World Championships ever held with over 2,700 competitors taking part from all over the world.
The Waterford team did amazingly well, winning an astounding nine gold medals, two silver and 15 bronze. This is the first time in WUKF history that an Irish Club has achieved this level of success.
The Waterford team has now new WUKF World Champions in Clodagh Cullen, Lynda Gahan, Tam-Olivia Roche, Kayla Collins, Brianna Heylmann (with two golds, team and individual), Caitlin Kelly and Nathan Kozieja.
As if all this wasn’t enough, two time World Champion David Gahan won his third World title beating an outstanding fighter from Belarus in a very tense final that saw the Kilmacow native adding to the world titles he won in 2012 in Serbia and 2016 in Dundee Scotland. This has put David in the WUKF history books as no other Irish Athlete has achieved such a remarkable record.
Irish coach Pat Rockett would like to thank sponsors K-Sports Waterford for the team uniform and a massive thanks to local businessman, Sean Johnson from the Greenway Manor Hotel Waterford for sponsoring the Waterford team.