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Dear Karate Friends
On Saturday the 2nd of November 2019, the Christopher (Criccy) Nugent Memorial Karate Competition will be held for the first time in the Tallaght Leisure Centre, Dublin, to commemorate the life of Criccy, who was a prominent member of the ONAKAI National Kumite Squad until his untimely death at the age of 19 in 2004. Together with his brother Stephen, Criccy was a student of Oliver Carolan and trained with him at the Seneschalstown Karate Club for many years. He was a much loved and respected ONAKAI squad member who lived life to the full and who enriched the lives of all who befriended him.
In a single-car accident on the 29th of July 2004, Criccy suffered injuries which would later claim his life on the 5th of august 2004, 3 days after his 19th birthday. Before Criccy’s passing, his distraught parents, Paschal and Geraldine very bravely consented to multiple organ donations being given to others, as they felt Criccy would have wished this, so that his passing would prolong the lives of some who were in critical need at the time.
Previously, remembrance of Criccy had been maintained by the ONAKAI membership through the annual presentation by Criccy’s parents of The Christopher Nugent Perpetual Trophy at the ONAKAI National Senior Championships, when, by the consensus of all the senior officials present at the event, the trophy was presented to whoever they considered to have been the ‘most spirited Kumite performer’ of the day (not necessarily the event winner), as this had always been Criccy’s ‘hallmark’. Win or lose, Criccy would always give a memorable performance.
Two ambitions which were long held by Criccy, but which were unfortunately never realised, were to participate and succeed in the Olympics and to win a medal in the WKF Championships.
To pay respect to Criccy’s unfulfilled ambitions, and to honour his memory, two young Irishmen who have fulfilled his ambitions (and theirs), the McCarthy twins, Sean and Chris, from the Cloghroe club in Cork and their instructor Stephen O’Callaghan, who is Ireland’s most successful coach ever, will be in attendance as special guests at the event. Chris won gold in the EKF Junior European Championships in Denmark in February 2019 and Sean won bronze in the Youth Olympics in Rio de Janiero in 2018.
Looking forward to seeing you and your competitors at the event in November.
Kata competition will operate the flag system.
Children Under11yrs can repeat the same Kata in each round. Children 12-13yrs can alternate between 2 kata. Cadet and above categories will follow WKF rules and must perform a different kata in each round.
All Kumite competitors must wear gum shield and mitts. Children 10yrs+ must wear shin/instep protection. WKF Categories Cadet + must follow WKF rules and wear all protective equipment.
Instructors/coaches must ensure all competitors are adequately insured.