Georgina fights her way to third national title

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Bury St Edmunds’ karate sensation Georgina Lawson continued her promising progression with a third consecutive national title.

The talented 13-year-old, who trains with Northgate and Associated Karate Clubs in Bury St Edmunds and Ipswich, clinched the title at the English Karate Federation Nationals, at Ponds Forge in Sheffield, competing in the 12-13 girls’ age group under-45kg Kumite fighting category.

In addition to her individual title, Lawson also competed in the Kumite team category and enjoyed further success to claim silver.

She followed this up with a further silver medal in Edinburgh at the Scottish International Open with competitors from England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Germany, Denmark and Holland.

Lawson attends regular Midlands England Regional training sessions and is hoping to be selected for the England squad when she turns 14 next year.

“This is a really important year for Georgina as she is eligible to select for the EKF National squad at 14,” explained her coach Chris Stott. “It’s also a big year for karate as it is up for selection to be included in the 2020 Olympics.

“This would be an incredible challenge for Georgina, who would be 20 if karate was successful in its inclusion, but one she is definitely capable of achieving if she keeps progressing at her current rate.”