Georgina in England Euros squad

HELPING HAND: Chris Stott, Georgina Lawson and Mark Vinyard
HELPING HAND: Chris Stott, Georgina Lawson and Mark Vinyard

Heather Lawson said there was plenty of shrieking after her daughter Georgina was named in England’s European Karate Championships squad.

The 14-year-old, who trains in Bury St Edmunds under the guidance of Thurston-based coach Chris Stott, recently won gold at tournaments in Luxembourg and Germany.

But her season got even better when it was confirmed she had received her first England call-up, for February’s European Karate Federation Championships (junior and cadets) in Switzerland.

“The youngest they can be is 14 and she only turned 14 this year (in April),” said her mother Heather Lawson. “To be selected is a massive achievement and it is the biggest competition she can compete in, other than the worlds.

“She screamed when she read it!”

Four-times national champion Lawson, who fights at under-54kg weight for Northgate and Associated Karate Clubs in Ipswich and Bury, won the Luxembourg Lions Cup on September 13 before also taking gold at the Banzai Cup in Berlin, Germany a week later.

In both tournaments she was representing the English Karate Federation England Midland Regional Team in the under-16s category, with the Luxembourg success coming from a field including seasoned internationals.

The Ipswich-based Northgate High School pupil, who regularly trains at Westley Middle School in Bury, has also been boosted by receiving funding for her Switzerland trip from Mark Vinyard from M&C Diesel Services Ltd, in Ipswich and Colchester.