kARATE SUCCESS FOR COLIN AT THE WPFG

PSNI officer, Colin McDonnell, was congratulated on winning a gold medal and two bronze at the World Police and Fire Games by Chief Constable Matt Baggott. Colin has been a member of Banbridge Karate Club for a number of years but said that he never expected to enjoy this level of success.
PSNI officer, Colin McDonnell, was congratulated on winning a gold medal and two bronze at the World Police and Fire Games by Chief Constable Matt Baggott. Colin has been a member of Banbridge Karate Club for a number of years but said that he never expected to enjoy this level of success.

There was local success at the World Police and Fire Games last week.

Colin McDonell was one of Northern Ireland’s leading medal winners, taking a gold and two bronze medals in the karate competitions.

He has been a member of Banbridge Karate Club for many years and has past experience of competing at a national level, but said the experience was one that he would never forget.

“When I started going to karate a few years ago I never could have imagined that I would be competing at this level - never mind winning gold medals,” he said.

“It was a fantastic experience. There were a lot of language barriers with so many countries being represented, but everyone seemed to muddle through.”

Colin won gold in the -85kg brown belt category and took bronze in the black belt section and the kata.

“It was tough but I found it interesting to fight against people with different styles,” Colin added.

“When you go to the British Championships over a period of years you almost know what to expect, but with this I didn’t know what I would be facing.

“Some competitors, like myself, go for style over anything else but there were some very powerful, hard hitting competitors.

“I still have some bruised ribs and a black eye to prove it too!”

Colin’s coach at Banbridge Karate Club, Sensei Kevin Broderick, said that he had worked hard to win the medals.

“It’s a fantastic achievement for Colin and we would like to congratulate him on his success,” said Kevin. “He’s been a member of the club for a number of years and it’s a big moment for us as well.”

The Games closed on Saturday - the final element of the two week festival of 56 sports in which took place in 41 venues across Northern Ireland. Almost 7,000 competitors from 67 countries participated.