Flying the GB flag

The Hicks Karate School members who will be competing for Great Britain. From the left are, back, Jake Peppercorn, David Cairns, Rob Taylor, Andrew Hicks, middle, Warren Bothamley, Katie Lefevre, Aaron Leonard, Jazmyn Popat-Evans, Braydon Popat-Evans, front, Lucy Hicks, Denas Janukuas, Logan Ridley, Taylor  Popat-Evans and Raihan Ibrahim. Not pictured are team-mates Thomas Malkin , Rob Van Duyn, Rory Franks, Jolie Franks, Michael Franks, Gemma Carter and Elizabeth Carter.

The Hicks Karate School members who will be competing for Great Britain. From the left are, back, Jake Peppercorn, David Cairns, Rob Taylor, Andrew Hicks, middle, Warren Bothamley, Katie Lefevre, Aaron Leonard, Jazmyn Popat-Evans, Braydon Popat-Evans, front, Lucy Hicks, Denas Janukuas, Logan Ridley, Taylor Popat-Evans and Raihan Ibrahim. Not pictured are team-mates Thomas Malkin , Rob Van Duyn, Rory Franks, Jolie Franks, Michael Franks, Gemma Carter and Elizabeth Carter.

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Twenty-one members of the city’s Hicks Karate School will be flying the flag for Great Britain when they compete in the WMAC 2015 World Games in Norwich this weekend.

They all qualified to represent their country by doing well in tournaments in 2014 and 2015 and then successfully coming through GB squad training events.

Apart from working hard in training ahead of the big event, the team members have also worked hard to get £2,000 worth of sponsorship and are especially grateful to Mr Inder Nanua from Rev Store in Queensgate, Towngate Tyres, Peakirk-cum-Glinton School, Arthur Mellows Village College and parents from the Hicks Karate Family Martial Arts School.

The three-day event will attract competitors from all over the world including Australia.

Chief instructor Andrew Hicks said: “I am so proud of all the students for the amount of time and effort they’ve put into preparing for this event. The support and generous donations from parents has been fantastic and a special thank-you should go to grandparent Mrs Margaret Bothamley for the extra hard work she put into the fund raising events. She is a real superstar.”