Teen karate star is a real golden girl

GOLDEN GIRL: Georgina Lawson, 15, shows off her trophies and medals from Glasgow and Sheffield
GOLDEN GIRL: Georgina Lawson, 15, shows off her trophies and medals from Glasgow and Sheffield
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Bury St Edmunds karate star Georgina Lawson has moved a step closer to representing her country at the Under-21 European Championships next year.

The teenage sensation struck double gold at the BKF British Four Nations, in Glasgow, a fortnight ago — a month after winning her fifth successive national title at the EKF English Nationals, at Sheffield.

Her participation in the European under-21 Championships, at Cyprus, next February now looks a distinct possibility.

Georgina’s mum Heather said: “I’m so proud of what she has achieved. She has worked so hard and trains every day after school.

“She enjoys what she does and has been getting out what she has put in.

“There is still a little way to go before the European Championships and she will have to have fight-offs in her own cadet category before she is selected.”

Lawson’s first Glasgow gold came in the plus 54kg cadet category before she doubled her medal tally by also claiming victory in the open competition.

In April, the talented 15-year-old, who trains with Northgate and Associated Karate Clubs in Bury St Edmunds and Ipswich, clinched her fifth national title on the bounce at the English Karate Federation Nationals, at Ponds Forge.

Both of her successes came under the watchful eye of coach Chris Stott, who was in the corner for both of her recent big wins.

Next on the agenda for the youngster is the Welsh Open, in Cardiff, next month.

Also among the medals at Pond’s Forge were Oscar Hunt, who came away with a silver medal, and his sister Ruby who won bronze.

At the beginning of May, the Northgate and Associated Karate Club trio also repeated their victories in Sheffield, but this time in Weston Super Mare at the WKU event, taking gold, silver and bronze respectively in their kumite categories.