Haverhill husband and wife competing in World Karate Championships

Marie and Colin Kicks with sensei and chief instrucor 8th Dan Joe Anderson (centre) ANL-160615-092442002
Marie and Colin Kicks with sensei and chief instrucor 8th Dan Joe Anderson (centre) ANL-160615-092442002

Haverhill couple Marie and Colin Kicks have headed to Dublin in a bid for glory in this year’s World Karate Championships.

For Marie the stakes are that little bit higher as she will be hoping to retain the gold medal she won in the rotation category when the championships were staged Slovenia in October last year.

That was the first time Marie had ever been part of the England team at a WUKF (World Union of Karate-Do Federations) competition.

Between them, Marie and Colin, who live in Spindle Road, Haverhill, will compete in seven different events; two in the kata discipline (in which competitors complete a sequence of set moves) and five in kumite (combat), including the rotation.

Both will challenge in the veterans class.

The duo are feeling in good form ahead of the championships, which take place from today (Thursday) to Sunday.

Colin said: “We’ve both fought in lots of different championships like the Essex and All of England and East of England. The last time I fought I got two thirds for fighting and a third for kata in the East of England Championships.

“Marie is feeling quite confident.

“We’ve done well to get where because there’s only been 60 picked for the England team.

“All of us had to go to the squad training to see how we are doing and we are the 60 that were picked.”

Colin and Marie run the KMA Shotokan Karate School in Haverhill.