25 athletes, aged between 7 and 13 years, took part in Liege Open Karate Championships held in Belgium on the 17th and 18th of November 2018.
Athletes from La Salle Karate Club and Zebbug Karate Club, directly affiliated with the Malta Karate Federation, participated in kata, kumite and para karate categories, landing 2 gold, 2 silver and 5 bronze medals.
A total of 1200 athletes from Belgium, England, Germany, Ireland, Indonesia, Luxembourg, Malta and the Netherlands participated in this competition, which was of a high technical level. Coaches Joe Tanti, Josef Antonelli, Joseph Mizzi and Alex Lombardi accompanied the athletes.
Nick Mercieca participated in the Para Karate category in Liege, thereby being the first athlete to represent the Malta Karate Federation in a Para Karate competition.
“Results achieved today give us great satisfaction on many levels. We are grateful to all our athletes for showing determination and commitment and extremely proud of Nick who is a source of inspiration to us all. We would like to thank Sportmalta and MOC for their constant support.” This was the comment of Kenneth Abela, President of Malta Karate Federation.