Carey on karate as Swansea celebrates both team and individual successes

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Swansea University’s karate captain Holly Carey has had an impressive season so far and is hoping to continue that success into the Bucs  championships in March.

Carey won a gold medal at the Western Karate Union Winter Invitational 2011 along with helping the ladies team win the gold medal in Western Super-Mare.

In recognition for her performances she was selected to represent the senior Welsh team in karate’s Grand Slam hosted in Cardiff.

Despite a performance consisting of high levels of skill and endurance from Carey, her tournament started in a disappointing manner, losing 2-0 to
England’s Carla Burkitt, the European bronze medallist.

To compensate for her earlier defeat, Carey triumphed over Scotland’s Chelsea Wishart 9-4 to finish the event in high in preparation for the impending BUCS Championships.

“I’m really excited for Bucs this year,” said Carey. “Our squad is gaining experience all the time and training really hard.

“I’m expecting some really good results and hopefully a couple of Bucs Champions.”

Carey said training with the Welsh team has only boosted her chances of further success.

“Training with Wales has developed my karate skills because I have been able to train with a number of Welsh, British, European and World medallists,” she said.

“This has allowed me to push myself to my full ability.”

She added: “Competing at such a high level has allowed me to realise that when competing at national level, all competitors have an excellent standard of fitness and physical ability.

“It is your mental strength that will really set you apart from your opponent.”

Second year sports science student Sean Rees was also included in the senior Welsh team.

He also competed at the Grand Slam along with Carey.

But Rees was unfortunate to face a former world champion, who had a significant weight advantage to Rees, and posed too great a challenge for the Swansea student.

Both Carey and Rees are now targeting selection for the British University team for July’s World University Championships in Slovakia.

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