15th November 1999




Eleven students from the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside’s Shotokan Karate Club were graded at Newark yesterday (Sunday 14th November).


And two of them - Stephen Leech and Vicky Burgess - pulled off the unusual feat of obtaining a double pass, giving them the right to progress straight from white belt to red belt status.


The students, who were assessed at the Grove Leisure Centre in Newark, achieved the strongest grading result the club has known since it was set up on campus two years ago.


Corinna Gittins, Warren Wilson, Anna Frost, Helen Gallagher, Jo O’Connor, Shaun Carpenter and Rob Watkins all won the right to wear an orange belt, while Jon Holt, Stephen Leech and Vicky Burgess achieved red belts and Cheryl Foster won her green belt.


The university’s Shotokan Karate Club has around 40 members and trains on Mondays at 7pm at the Labour Club on Newland.


Club president James Waddell maintains that the physical exercise and the mental concentration involved help his members to study more effectively. “It keeps you fit and it teaches you to concentrate and focus yourself,” he explained. “The mental aspect helps you academically, and it’s good fun too!”


The club is open to non-students as well as students. For more information on shotokan karate or how to join contact James on 01522 530828.


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Jez Ashberry

Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincolnshire & Humberside

Tel: 01522 886042

email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk