Leah takes home the Gold at Karate World Championships in Slovakia

15 year old Leah Tanna-Shah wins gold in the Kata category, in what is only her second year of competition.

One of our Lower Fifth students is taking the world of Karate by storm, after winning Gold at a recent international event. Leah Tanna-Shah travelled to Bratislava to take part in the WUKF World Championships in June, and after a weekend of intense competition in which thousands competed, Leah prevailed to take away the top prize in the Kata category.

This victory is even more impressive for Leah, as she has only been competing in competitions for two years. Winning a staggering 14 medals since February, Leah’s World Championship success adds another accolade to her growing trophy cabinet that also includes a Gold medal from the European Championships held in Malta in October.

Leah, who also competes in the Kumite category, was delighted with her performance at the showpiece event in Slovakia. “It was an excellent event with thousands of competitors, and it was a great experience performing in front of the audience and absorbing the atmosphere”.

Its hard to fathom that Leah’s journey into the world of Karate is still in its infancy, as her ever growling list of accolades is testament to her incredible natural talent. With competitions approaching over the coming months, we are sure that it won’t be long until Leah adds more medals and trophies to her honours list, and we look forward to following her journey with interest.

Leah’s story was also featured in the Chronicle and Echo online, please click here to read the article.


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