Banbridge’s Stephen Corbett secured three gold medals at the Carlow International Open.
The event lasted three days was Corbett’s success coming on the Sunday.
The NI Karate Academy kicked off the day strongly by winning the Senior Men’s team event.
Coach Cathy McAleer was over the moon to see the club lift gold in the biggest event of the day.
NIKA team captain Corbett won every fight and led his team mates, Dave Newell and Steven Quantrill to lift the gold with what was an excellent performance.
Stephen went on to win gold in the senior men’s individual’s and was selected to compete in the international team event where he won a third gold.
Corbett was very unlucky not to be given the title of ‘Fighter of the Day’ as his skill, speed and fitness was outstanding.
This has kicked off Corbett’s year and now has his mind set on Munich January 2014.
Team mates Steven Quantrill, who has just returned to the sport after being out three years, put up a superb performance in the senior men’s kata and achieved silver and silver in the Senior men’s heavy weights loosing out to club mate Jordan Brown who took the gold.
In the lightweights, Christy Gallagher also lifted gold in the senior men’s and this was Christy’s first gold.
Christy put in great effort and was training every morning 6am to improve his fighting fitness.