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Year 8 Caitriona wins international charity karate competition

1st March 2019


Year 8 Caitriona Durack, aged 12, won first place in a Karate competition at London, Crystal Palace, organised by Cancer Research.  Caitriona had only become a black belt in December and was entering the competition to see what it would be like - and ended up winning.  She has only been doing karate for three and a half years, after being invited by her enthusiastic mum who had taken up the sport.

Now she does it regularly and even teaches children and adults the moves.  She is a member of the Lambourn-based Matt Ward Karate Club.  Caitriona said: “I only went for experience and didn’t expect to win. I didn’t believe I had won. I was really really happy, people were crying and it was unbelievable.”

JOG is a tremendous community school that encourages each and every student to aim high.

Principal Alan Henderson said: “This is an incredible achievement in Caitriona’s first ever competition. We are so thrilled for her.”