Doncaster’s Karate Katherine shows her students what she’s made of

Katherine Fewster, a teacher at Rossington All Saints Academy has won a silver and two bronze medals at the European Karate Championships. Picture: Andrew Roe
Katherine Fewster, a teacher at Rossington All Saints Academy has won a silver and two bronze medals at the European Karate Championships. Picture: Andrew Roe

It would take a brave pupil to misbehave for Doncaster schoolteacher Katherine Fewster.

Miss Fewster, aged 28, is a karate black belt who was recently selected to represent Great Britain at the European Karate Championships at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield.

There she won a silver medal in the 55kg category and two bronze medals, one in the team rotation and the other as part of the team event.

Katherine, who is a PE teacher at Rossington All Saints Academy, has been taking part in karate since she was nine achieving her black belt when she was just 13.

She is now a second dan, a grade she achieved in 2007, and is now enjoying passing on her skills to her pupils, and also willing learners in her home town of Scunthorpe.

She said: “I started karate when I was nine so I’ve been doing it quite a long time.

“I train every Saturday and coach people from seven years upwards as well every Wednesday

“I fought for the national squad when I was at school and went to the national championships at 16.

“I did win a few titles when I was younger but I have been out for a while with quite a lot of injuries.

“I like the competitiveness of karate, it’s a bit of a release I suppose. I like being competitive and winning as well.

“I really like coaching, getting students to pass their grades, it’s a really good feeling.”

Katherine has taken her winning medals into the classroom to show the children who were “really impressed”.

She added: “I have been teaching them a little bit of karate in curriculum time and students seemed to like it.

“On Monday we have an after-school club that a few girls take part in. We did some self defence as well.”

She is now backing the global campaign ‘The K Is On The Way’ to make karate an Olympic sport in the 2020 games.

“I’d like karate to be an Olympic sport,” she explained. “The campaign is hoping for karate to be in the 2020 Olympics, but I might be too old to compete then, so I am hopeful of training some of my students to qualify.”

A spokesman for Rossington All Saints Academy said: “It goes without saying that we are all very proud of her.”

Calls to back ‘The K Is On The Way’ campaign

The World Karate Federation (WKF) and its partners prepared and launched this campaign.

It is calling for national federations and karate enthusiasts to spread the message and reach as many more people as possible.

The main objective is letting the world know that there are calls to seek the inclusion of karate into the Olympic Games programme in 2020, hence improving karate’s visibility worldwide.

Mr Antonio Espinós, president of the WKF said: “It has been more than 14 years now since the Internaional Olympic Committee (IOC) recognised WKF.

“Karate is actually already an Olympic sport. We now make our third bid in a row to be included in the Olympic Games programme which is the next step.

“We’ve been very close to achieve this in former bids.

“This means that there is a strong relationship between karate and the Olympic Movement.”

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