WKF Premier League-Paris January 2016
Ashley Scott-Heald went to Paris over the weekend of 22nd-24th January in order to compete at the first WKF Premier League event of 2016. It was a huge event with over 1,000 entries from 75 countries and with this being a WKF World Championships year everyone
was keen to set down their marker. There was a delegation from the International Olympic Committee there to observe the Championships led by former Athlete Frankie Fredericks. With the vote on whether Karate will be included in the 2020 Olympic Games in
Tokyo to be taken later this year in Rio, they can only have been impressed by such a huge and professionally run event.
As usual, Ashley competed in the Female Kumite -61Kg event. After a cracking start against a competitor from Portugal, which she won 5-1, she stumbled in the second round and lost 5-0 to a Danish athlete. As the Dane went out to the eventual winner, Merve
Coban from Turkey in the next round, there was no Repechage this time round.
However, the event did bring some good news in that it propelled her to her highest ever ranking within the WKF. She now stands at 86 in the world, which when you consider that there are 435 ranked competitors in this category, it means that she is now
in the top 20% in the world. It has taken 2 years and seven Premier League events to achieve this with trips to Holland, Turkey, Germany, Austria (twice), Japan and France.
Ashley is now targeting a top 50 spot and hopes to be selected for the England Team to compete at the EKF European Championships in France in May. Best of luck to her. Next stop is Slovenia in March.