Mollie Cooper, a TASS student-athlete, recently won two bronze medals at the Karate European Championships in Budapest.
Mollie competed in solo and team events in kata and fighting. She came away with fifth-place finishes in kata and team kata and the bronze medal in both fighting and team fighting.
She also got invaluable experience on the international stage that she can take into her next competition, coming up against athletes from Italy, Belgium, France, and Germany.
Mollie’s success in the European Championships came just a month after a successful experience at the British Championships, where she won four of her five fights and narrowly missed out on a bronze medal.
Tom Heselton, Lecturer in Sport and PE, said: “These experiences are fantastic for Mollie. She’s competing at a very high level in her sport, but it’s not just the outcome that’s the focus – the process of training for these events alongside her studies is giving her invaluable experience. Competing away from home in another country adds another challenge, and it’s so impressive that Mollie takes this all in her stride.”
Mollie added: “The event was a very positive experience. It identified where I need to focus my training and has really motivated me, as I can see the goal I’m working towards. I use every event as a positive learning experience no matter where I place, as there’s always something to improve on or learn about.”