Karate kid Kate fights for Scotland in European championships

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In the next few days a 16-year-old from Linlithgow will travel to Hungary to compete in the 41st European Wado Karate Championships.

Kate Holligan, an S5 pupil at Linlithgow Academy, has been selected by the Scottish Karate Federation to be part of the squad who will compete in Budapest, Hungary, this weekend.

There are only two athletes per category that have been selected to represent Scotland, and Kate has done tremendously well to make the grade as she has only recently turned 16.

David MacKenzie, headteacher at Linlithgow Academy, said: “Kate has worked really hard to achieve this honour. The whole school is so proud of her and we wish her well.”

It’s not the first time that Kate has been chosen to represent her country. As far back as 2009, she was selected to represent Scotland in the European Karate Wado Championship that was held in Edinburgh, competing as an individual, as well as in the team event.

Pupils and teachers wished her all the best this weekend.