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SportDundee Commonwealth Games Challenge, Successful First Season for Netball Dundee, Celtic Cup & Commonwealth Challenge Success for DGC2K Gymnasts, Fantastic Blackbelt Grading for Dundee Wildcats, Scott Aims for 2018 Winter Olympics, Scottish Titles for Kanzen Karate members, Superb Weekend of International Hockey at DISC

SportDundee Commonwealth Games Challenge - Get Involved!!

SportDundee has secured Celebrate funding for the organisation of 5 weekends of sporting activity across Dundee in the lead up to the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Affiliated clubs will host a variety of sporting events ranging from taster sessions to youth festivals with the aim of promoting the sporting opportunities available in the city and encouraging people to become club members and / or volunteers.

Sports already confirmed in the programme include football, tennis, cricket, cycling, water polo, netball, handball, korfball and rugby.

It is planned to provide school children across the city with a promotional handout detailing the activities on offer with additional information being promoted through sportdundee.com and the SportDundee Facebook page.

Clubs that are interested in participating should contact Alex Knight at alex.knight@leisureandculturedundee.com or on 01382 436960. All associated facility and marketing costs will be covered by SportDundee.

Successful First Season
for Netball Dundee

On Sunday 20th October 2013, at the Lynch Sport Centre - netballers across Dundee celebrated the launch of their first official netball league in the City.

On Thursday 27th March at Dundee University Sports Hall, Netball Dundee teams came together to mark the end of their first historic season – culminating in a knockout netball tournament ending with a cup and medals presentation.

The winners received a cup donated by Dundee City Council and presented by Lord Provost Bob Duncan who has taken great interest in supporting the league which sees regular games played each Sunday from 12 til 4pm at the Lynch Sports Centre.

Runners up in year one were also presented with a trophy donated by the new Dundee Academy of Sport who kindly donated a Trophy – and who have recently pledged substantial support to help the teams pursue both coaching and umpiring certification.

The clubs are already attracting interest and a solid reputation for the newly formed netball league and chairman Patricia Osborne said: “with the prospect of the surge in popularity of the game we should watch out for ‘the ice curling’ effect once netball plays out at the forthcoming Commonwealth Games where seating doubled and an extra 4,000 tickets sold out in three hours! Netball is absolutely capturing everybody’s attention – the Dundee league girls say that Dundee will be prepared, ready and able to help establish new clubs and offer them a pathway to take their netball to the very top level.'

Celtic Cup & Commonwealth Challenge Success for DGC2K Gymnasts

Congratulations to members of Dundee Gymnastics Club 2K who participated in the Celtic Cup and the Commonwealth Invitational over the weekend at Bells Sports Centre in Perth.

Sarah McKenzie (13) and Rosa Holm-Huxley (12) were in a U13 team who came second to Wales beating Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Sofia Ramzan (14) and Hayley Bell (13) were in the U16 team who also came second to Wales beating Northern Ireland, Ireland and Isle of Man.

Kirsty Campbell (18) was in the Commonwealth Invitational Scottish Team who won gold beating Northern Ireland, Malaysia, India, Bermuda, Isle of Man and Malta.

Jordan Archibald (18) competed as an individual and came 4th overall out of the whole competition.

Overall, a great weekend for Scotland and Dundee Gymnasts.

Photos:
Left -
Scotland U13 Celtic Cup Team with their Silver Medals (DGC2K's Sarah McKenzie (13) with teddy & Rosa Holm-Huxley (12) far right)
Right - Scotland U16 Celtic Cup Team with their Silver Medals (DGC2K's Hayley Bell (13) with teddy & Sofia Ramzan (14) second from left)

Fantastic Black Belt Grading for Dundee Wildcats

On Saturday 12th April Dundee Wildcats Taekwon Do Club held a Blackbelt Grading.

14 students passed their Blackbelt Grading:

Promoted to 3rd Dan - Unity Kane, Gillian Hutcheson, Zoe Hutcheson, Chris Coleman, Fraser Munnoch and Jonathan Cochrane.
Promoted to 2nd Dan - Nicole Dowdles, Alastair Munnoch and Oliver Harvey.
Promoted to 1st Dan - Lyn Bryceland, Marnie Davie, James Taylor, Ceiren Kelly and Alex Mitchell.

The students were examined by Mr John Swift the President of the ITS and the Grading itself was a very long and challenging one. Congratulations to all of them!!

Scott Aims for 2018
Winter Olympics

A local athlete is looking for sponsorship to help him qualify for the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Scott Anderson, a member of Dundee Speed Skating Club, missed out on qualification for Sochi by 1 second and is now setting his sights on the 2018 event in Pyeongchang.

Scott has been training full time as a long-track speed skater at the KIA Academy in Germany for the last 2 seasons and needs to secure funding & sponsorship to cover the 16,000 EUR required annually for training, competition and living costs.

Please pass this information on to any companies that may be able to provide financial assistance to Scott. Fingers crossed Dundee has a Winter Olympian in 2018!!

Scottish Titles for
Kanzen Karate Members

Dundee based Kanzen Karate was celebrating after a very successful day at the World Union of Karate Federations (WUKF) Scottish National Championships on Sunday 9th March. The event, held in Ayr was highly competitive with the Kanzen Karate squad bringing home 11 medals including 3 Scottish Championship titles. Sensei Daniel Woods was crowned adult Adult Kata Champion, with youngsters Jude Steven and Oliver Bruce also winning national titles in Kumite. Chief Instructor Sensei Roy O'Kane said:

"Our members performed exceptionally well and we are delighted to be have three Scottish Champions within Kanzen Karate. We are working hard to get better and better and continue to put Dundee on the International Karate map. This success at the Scottish Championships is good sign with World and European Championships in Italy and Poland ahead of us this year."

Kanzen Karate has classes across Tayside, for more details please visit www.dundeekarate.com or contact 07912683274

Superb Weekend of International Hockey at DISC

International weekend at DISC produced a memorable Easter feast of youth hockey as Scotland’s most talented under 16s shared the spoils of a 3-test series with their Irish counterparts.

Official hosts were Midland Hockey Union, with Dundee-based club Grove Menzieshill taking on the bulk of the ‘hands-on’ organisation.

Spurred on by the backing of a large home crowd the four local youngsters involved turned on the style to impact on a healthy set of results against typically spirited performances by Ireland.

Grove Menzieshill’s Cameron Golden (Dundee High) hit the target on Friday and Saturday while clubmate Cameron Griffiths (Strathallan) rounded off Scotland’s campaign with Sunday’s counter.

After a narrow opening loss on Friday, Dundee Wanderers’ Charlotte Watson (St John’s HS) was Scotland’s matchwinner with a Saturday double.

Although not figuring on the scoring charts, Grove Menzieshill’s Katie Stott (Kilgraston) responded to the responsibility of being the linch-pin in Scotland’s engine room, masterminding defence whilst also orchestrating counter-attacks.

The Irish teams also enjoyed the support of a large visiting contingent who made the most of the excellent facilities on offer at DISC.

The weekend was supported by SportDundee through a National / Internal Event Grant awarded to Midland Hockey Union.

Results – Scotland U16s v Ireland U16s, DISC
Girls
Friday: Scotland 1 Ireland 2
Saturday: Scotland 2 Ireland 1
Sunday: Scotland 1 Ireland 1
Boys
Friday: Scotland 5 Ireland 1
Saturday: Scotland 4 Ireland 4
Sunday: Scotland 1 Ireland 2
 
Photos:
Left - Right: Cameron Griffiths, Cameron Golden, Charlotte Watson & Katie Stott

SportDundee - Spread the Word!!

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Help us to promote what's happening in local sport by encouraging all your contacts to subscribe to receive future copies of the newsletter, visit www.sportdundee.com and like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/sportdundee.

Send all your club stories & photos to alex.knight@leisureandculturedundee.com for inclusion in the next e-newsletter, web-site & Facebook.

Evening Telegraph's
'Sporting Post'

The Evening Telegraph is producing an 8-page 'Sporting Post' pull-out every Tuesday with the aim of promoting amateur sport in the city.

This is a fantastic opportunity for clubs to promote themselves city-wide.

If your club has any achievements, events or you just want to raise the profile of your sport, please send information to George Cran at gcran@dcthomson.co.uk.

Alternatively, continue to send information to SportDundee and the information will be forwarded to the Evening Telegraph.
  
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