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Full report: Sunderland karate fighters go to European Championships

It may not have been one the best of years so far for sports fans in Sunderland.

However, while European glory may be the last thing on the mind of the city's football team, one club is leading the way on the international stage.

Four members of the Sendai Kushiro Karate Team and one member of the Ronin Karate Club have just returned from the European Karate Championships in Portugal. As Kenny Toal reports it was a successful trip.

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Karate champ: "I didn't expect it"

A girl from Sunderland has won 3 karate golds medals and she's not even 10 years old yet. Eleisha Mitchinson put up a good fight and collected 3 gold medals and a bronze at the English Karate Federation National Championships.

Eleisha has been learning the martial art since she was 4 years old, she is one step away from becoming a black belt with the help of her instructor who is also her father.

Nine-year-old karate champion

Eleisha Jane Mitchinson from Sunderland is not even ten-years-old and she is already a karate champion. She has just won three gold medals and a bronze at the English Karate Federation National Championships.

Eleisha Jane Mitchinson
Eleisha Jane Mitchinson and friends Credit: Dokan Karate club Sunderland

Eleisha's father runs karate clubs in Sunderland and Tyneside. In the Sheffield competition, Eleisha won an individual gold and two team golds with her eight & nine-year-old friends. She also won a team bronze.

Eleisha Jane Mitchinson
Eleisha Jane Mitchinson Credit: Dokan Karate club Sunderland
Eleisha Jane Mitchinson
Eleisha Jane Mitchinson Credit: Dokan Karate club Sunderland

The club won six golds which is more than any other club.

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