Carey takes double gold at the UK Open Championships 2012

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Swansea karate club captain Holly Carey won two gold medals at the UK Open Championships in what she described as her “most successful year to date.”

Carey’s latest medal haul adds to a Welsh championship, Welsh team championship, and a silver medal in the prestigious Scottish Internationals she has already won during her time at Swansea University.

In the UK Open, she weighed in at 68kg exactly which allowed her to compete in both the -68 and +68 event.

“This is probably my most successful year to date, mainly because of the standard of competition now; you can get mostly national champions competing against you,” she said.

Carey is now hoping for more success in the final competitions of the academic year.

“I’m really hoping to be in the final of the Bucs championship as this is the one I really want to do well in,” she added.

“I also want the team to go for the overall Bucs shield as well.”

Carey hinted that this could be her final year as captain and appears to have chosen her likely successor.

“I might be leaving next year, so I’m hoping we will still have some high flyers at the club when I finally do leave,” she admitted.

“I know Sean Rees will still be doing well and I will likely recommend him for the role of captain if I do go.”

Rees won bronze at the UK Open while the men’s team also picked up silver, narrowly losing in the final of the competition.

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