THREE members of the Oxford Sport & Traditional Martial Arts club won medals for England at the World Seniors and Veterans Championships in Italy.

Patience Kakitie, who lives in Abingdon, captured a brace of bronzes in the women’s competition at the WUKF (World Union of Karate-Do Federations) event at Lignano.

She was third behind Brazilians Regina Maria and Stephania Viana in the kumite (sparring), and took the same spot in the kata (forms).

Lee Willis, from Bicester, won team silver in the men’s kumite competition, with Hungary taking gold.

And Lindsey Turnbull, also from Bicester, helped England to team bronze in the women’s kumite behind winners Romania and Italy.

Kakitie , who has already won gold at the British International Championships this year, said her children, Joshua, 11, and Emily, nine, were her inspiration.

“They are infinitely more talented than I will ever be, and both national champions in their own right,” she said.

Club coach Phil Patrick, from Barton, also took part in the championships, losing out in the quarter-finals.