Bremen 2014 disability report
In Paris 2012, the WKF introduced the category for persons with disabilities. This was such a success that it is now part of the Senior World Championships. The categories are Visually Impaired, Wheelchair users, and Learning Disabilities.
The standard of the karate athletes was outstanding, with notable performances from the Australian, the Japanese competitor, and the Moldovian, all competing in the visually impaired category, and the Ukranian girl in the Wheelchair Users category.
The athletes performed with great entusiasm and the crowd rose to their feet and gave a standing ovation.
In the warm up room the English female kata team were training alongside a Belgian wheelchair competitor, who thanked the team for training alongside him, and said how good it was to be part of the same competition.
"It was an amazing event, and it was an absolute privilege to be part of the occasion."
WKF Referee Billy Brennan
"Fantastic, well done, it was worth coming to see this category alone!"
Former WKF Chief Referee, Tommy Morris
"Unbelievable, I have the greatest admiration for the competitors in this event. A job well done."
Former World and European Champion, Wayne Otto OBE
"Mike, it was an amazing event, there wasn't a dry eye in the stadium. It was a really moving experience."
WKF Referee, Jaap Smaal
"Brilliant, when the medals were given out every person in that stadium stood up and applauded."
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