Team England karate starlet Nicole Donoghue braced for world championship in Liverpool (From St Helens Star)
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Team England karate starlet Nicole Donoghue braced for world championship in Liverpool
9:55am Thursday 26th September 2013 in News
TO look at Nicole Donoghue walking down the street you would imagine she was like any normal young student – into music, make-up and fashion.
And in truth she is – it’s just that this teenager packs a bit more punch than most girls her age.
Nicole’s petite frame belies the steely determination, skill and strength that has made her one of the country’s brightest talents in karate.
The 17-year-old, a former Sutton High pupil from New Bold, has been picked to compete for Team England in the World Shotokan Karate Championships, which are being held at the Liverpool Echo Arena this weekend.
It follows a year in which she has been ranked in the top three at all major competitions.
She trains with St Helens Karate and, with the fight location only a short journey from home turf, she will have plenty of supporters in the crowd cheering her on.
Nicole, who turns 18 next month, is aiming to do her country and St Helens proud by further raising the profile of young female sportswomen in her hometown.
The town currently has a bunch of girls excelling in combat sports, with judo players Bekky and Amy Livesey and Lucy Renshall, and Muay Thai boxer Leonie Hardman all competing internationally.
Nic, a St Helens College sports science student who does casual work for Saints, the St Helens Star’s parent company and Avon, said: “Being picked is my ultimate achievement to date and I intend to do the very best I can.
“I am focused, determined and in good shape. A win would be fantastic, but the whole experience will be amazing.
“My sensei upped my training when the announcement was made, but that’s fine by me.
“I need to be at the top of my game. I am happy to go the extra mile to get my goal and hope that this is the start of a new chapter in my life.”
Nicole will form part of the KUGB England Kumite Team and will compete under the guidance of world-renowned coaches Andy Sherry and Frank Brennan, both former international champions.
Team England will battle against 24 countries, including Canada, USA, South Africa, Ghana, Russia and Germany.
The championships will be held at the Liverpool Echo Arena on Saturday and Sunday.
To support Nicole and Team England, you can buy tickets from the Echo Arena box office at echoarena.com.