British Karate Federation

British Karate’s First Youth Olympians

Charlotte Hope and Lauren Salisbury made history by being officially named in the TeamGB squad for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games taking place in Buenos Aires, Argentina next month. Buenos Aires 2018 is expected to welcome around 4,000 of the world’s best young athletes from over 200 nations.


Charlotte Hope qualified for the Youth Olympics by topping the -59kg World Olympic Standings whilst Lauren Salisbury qualified by getting to the podium at the Olympic Qualification event in the +59kg category. Both athletes travel to Argentina as genuine medal hopes.


Also travelling to Argentina is British Karate Federation coach, Davin Pack.


The TeamGB athletes and staff recently met up at Loughborough University for a pre-games assembly where they received their kit and official selection letters. At the assembly athletes and staff underwent educational sessions, to prepare them for their time in Argentina and the Olympic Competition format.


The Karate competition takes place towards the end of the Youth Olympic Games.


British Karate President Roger Williams said “We are so proud of these two young athletes, they have done amazingly well to qualify. This really puts British Karate on the map as we join the Olympic Family, a lot of hard work from athletes, their personal coaches, the National Coaches and the Home Country Federations has gone into this and that work must continue to ensure we can send more karate athletes to future Olympic Games”.


Full TeamGB press release here:


Further details on the Youth Olympic Games can be found here: