By Julie Gabriel, Photos by Ollie Batts
The first Viking Cup was held over the weekend of 7th/8th May 2016. The event was hosted by Cambridge Academy at St Bedes Sportshall. Four Viking countries participated: Finland, Germany, Great Britain and Ireland, including members of nine different clubs.
The weekend started with a course for the officials taught by Alain Gernet, visiting from France. Athletes were also invited to participate to help their understanding of what judges look for in competition.
From children to veterans, from beginners to world champions, we saw a very good level of Savate. Over two days of competition, 38 assaut matches were held, along with 10 duo bouts. A warm and friendly atmosphere prevailed between athletes throughout the competition. The team officials worked well, and with the spirit of FairPlay between athletes, there were no reclamations.
The club with the highest score (top four scores counted) was Cambridge Academy, followed by Helsinki.
The nation with the highest score (top 6 scores counted) was Great Britain, followed by Finland.
Leah Foy Girls JF50kg Breaffy (Ireland)
Jani Poutiainen JM60kg Helsinki (Finland)
Sian-Marie Clark F60kg City Combat
Annukka Volotinen F65kg Helsinki
Morgan Alexander F70kg CAMA
Adam Malins M75kg CAMA
James Antill M80kg Guildford
Kalle Heinola M85kg Oxford
Jon Schwochert M+85kg London
Ben Alderson JM60kg CAMA
Rachel Shore F-65kg Guildford
Kasia Efta F70kg CAMA
Tomasz Efta M75kg CAMA
Jasbir Nagi M-80kg Dorset
Jon West M+85kg CAMA
Duo Champions: Morgan Alexander (CAMA) & Riikka Holopainen (Helsinki)
A successful and enjoyable weekend was had by all! Many thanks to all those who supported the event as fighters, coaches, officials and spectators. We would also like to offer a very big THANK YOU to Clare West who provided lunches and refreshments for both days.
Ireland will be hosting the next Viking Cup in 2017.