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Thursday, 27 November 2014

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Flimby girl's fight for funds to keep World Karate Championships date

A Flimby teenager needs £1,100 to realise her dream of competing in October’s World Karate Championships in Malaysia.

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Lauren Crawford, 16, was selected for the national squad after winning the British title for the sixth time earlier this month but will be unable to go unless she can stump up the cash.

The 5ft fighter is the first Hokushinko student in 11 years to be selected for the championship and the only competitor in her particular age and weight category.

Trainer Mark Hodgson said: “This is the pinnacle of the sport and this is probably her best chance of achieving success.

“Once she gets to 18 she will no longer be in the junior category and will have to take on opponents who are much older and have more experience.

“The category is made for her and it would be a real shame if she didn’t get the experience of competing.

“Somebody else with more money but less talent could take her place just because they can afford it.”

Lauren needs £700 to pay for the flight and about £300 for accommodation once she is in Malaysia.

The World Karate Championships will be held October 8-18.

Lauren trains with Mark twice a week at Hokushinko Martial Arts and Fitness Centre on St John’s Court in Workington.

To sponsor her call Mark Hodgson on 07971737234.

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