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UWI student tops 2014 World Karate Championships

For Release Upon Receipt - July 14, 2014

St. Augustine

ST. AUGUSTINE, Trinidad and Tobago – UWI student Isiah Pollard received high commendation at the 2014 World Karate Union Hall of Fame Championships and the Legends Hall of Fame Championships held during June 21-22 and 28-29 respectively in Pennsylvania, USA. Pollard is a student at The UWI Sport and Physical Education Centre’s Diploma in the Art and Science of Coaching programme at UWI and was Team Captain for the National Team, under the Trinidad and Tobago Unified Martial Arts Federation. 

Pollard won three first place belts in weapons katas, self-defence and sparring respectively; a third place medal in katas, and two grand championship crowns in weapons katas and sparring at the 2014 World Karate Union Hall of Fame Championships. At the Legends Hall of Fame Championships, he was awarded two first place trophies in katas and weapons katas respectively, two third place trophies in traditional katas and team demonstration respectively; and a 6ft grand championship trophy for weapons katas.  

The 25-year-old student was also nominated in the 2014 Extraordinary Contributions to the Martial Arts category at the Legends Hall of Fame Championship event and was recognized as an International Competitor and Ambassador under the World Karate Union Organization.  

The World Karate Union (WKU) Hall Of Fame was established in 1996 to honour martial artists for their contributions to the martial arts. Nominees are selected through ballots which are sent throughout the United States, Europe, Russia, South America, Canada, the West Indies and Australia. The WKU Hall of Fame event is considered "prestigious" and is attended by many notable martial arts VIPs. 

Pollard is a member of the Black Hawks Martial Arts Management Network.



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