Emma Ruthven was representing the Scottish National Karate Team at the Junior Karate World Championships in Santa Cruz, Tenerife last week.
Emma travelled with the rest of the National Squad and spent 10 days in Tenerife, where she trained and competed with the elite of world karate. There were 110 counties represented at these championships.
Emma got to the 3rd round (last 16) of the Cadet Kata category, beating the Canadian Champion, ranked 6th in the world, 4-1, on the way.
Finally being beaten by the USA and World ranked number one in the 3rd round.
To get to the last 16 in the World Championships is a fantastic achievement.
Emma's performance was immense and she gave the best in the world a run for their money.
No medal this time but a fantastic showing amongst the elite of world karate.
Onward and upwards though, along this fantastic journey. Next stop Sochi, Russia in February for the European Championships.