Team PUMA at the ITF European Championships – Success!
Mr Lammin VI Degree, ITF Coach and PUMA Head Coach gives a report on the Recent ITF European Championships in Maribor, Slovenia…
Back to reality after a fantastic week at the ITF European Championships in Maribor, Slovenia. Very proud of the 4 PUMA students who were part of the team. Over 630 competitors from 28 countries attended the championships and the standard was exceptionally high throughout every category!
Izzy Hodson and Jack Gould performed excellently against the highest calibre of opposition and whilst they didn’t win medals on this occasion they can be proud of themselves and have gained invaluable experience that will ensure that they come back even stronger next time!
Adam and Jenny Swain had a truly fantastic week starting with bronze together in traditional sparring, England’s first medal of the Championships. Jenny then followed this with silver in individual patterns losing to multiple World and European Champion Silvia Farigu of Italy in the final. Not to be out done Adam then also went on to qualify for the final of his individual patterns category which would take place at the gala finals evening on the Saturday night, a great experience to be part of. Adam lost 4 – 1 to current World Cup gold medallist and multiple European Champion Lylian Doulay from France but can also be proud of his performance in very tough category.
On the final morning Adam was part of the men’s sparring team where he performed fantastically to help England beat current World Champions Ireland en route to the semi finals where they lost to a very strong (and large) Russian Team to earn another bronze. 3 medals for the week is a fantastic achievement and the most by any member of the England team at this Championships!
I was honoured t be part of the ITF England coaching team once again and to see PUMA’s students perform to such a high standard! Hopefully in the future we will see even more PUMA students representing England at this level.
If you haven’t signed up already the Swain’s are giving a seminar this coming Sunday in the Bristol area, why not book and get the chance to train with of the best patterns practitioners in Europe! (Details can be found in the events section of this page). #GetInspired