England captain call for Hert Sports Village's Carla Burkitt

PUBLISHED: 08:48 06 March 2016

Carla Burkitt

Carla Burkitt

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A Hatfield worker has been selected as the England female team captain for May's European Karate Championships in Marseille, France.

Carla Burkitt, a member of the Herts Sports Village’s administration team, has been given the honour after winning the British and English Championships as well as getting a bronze at the karate Premier League events.

The 25-year-old, who trains with former world champion and current England national coach Willie Thomas at the Luton Kaizen Karate club, said: “It is a great honour to be named England captain and a great responsibility. I hope to lead by example.”

Burkitt, who also has training support from Performance Hertfordshire in Hatfield, has represented the England Karate Federation Team from U21 through to senior level at World and European Championships.

She has achieved several titles over the years, from English and British crowns, European honours and ranked top 10 in the world for 2015.

Speaking about her current achievements, she added: “I have achieved my world ranking from attending just two events last year.

“I think this alone proves that with some financial backing and the chance to attend more competitions amongst world class athletes, I can contend for world and European titles.”

Last year Burkitt proved herself as world-class by beating five of the eight individuals in her category selected to compete in the very first multi- sport European Games in Baku.

Now she is hoping to prove this once again by coming home with a European title.

Burkitt is an entirely self-funded athlete, and alongside others who represent the England Karate team, she needs to secure funding from other sources to make it possible to attend Championships such as these.

Visit www.podiumpartners.org/campaign/50-carla-burkitt if you are able to help with any donation to make it possible for Carla to attend these championships.

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