Karate Carole is one Fareham mayoress not to mess with

FIGHTING FIT Children at the Broadlaw Community Space Karate Club which has received a grant for new sports equipment. Picture: Steve Reid (123402-204)
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SHE may be 70, but you don’t want to mess with this Mayoress.

Carole Steadman teaches karate at the Broadlaw Community Space, in Fareham which is approaching its first birthday.

FIGHTING FIT Mayoress Carole Steadman, left, and instructor Suzanne Clifton. Picture: Steve Reid (123402-134)

FIGHTING FIT Mayoress Carole Steadman, left, and instructor Suzanne Clifton. Picture: Steve Reid (123402-134)

Along with her husband, Dennis Steadman, the Mayor of Fareham, they ran a karate group in Swanmore for 17 years before they took up the honorary roles.

But despite attending many functions around the Fareham borough, they still make time for the hobby they love.

‘I just couldn’t stop doing karate completely,’ said Mrs Steadman.

‘It’s a passion – once it’s in your system, that’s it.

‘It keeps me fit.’

She said her age doesn’t hold her back and she wants to encourage more people of her age to take part.

Mrs Steadman said: ‘I can still stand on my head.

‘Exercise is good for you. Do an hour of exercise and you’ll forget all about your aches and pains.’

Ryukin Ryu karate class was set up by Suzanne Clifton, Fareham’s current Citizen of the Year.

Mrs Clifton, 36, wanted to create a group that all ages could join cheaply.

She said: ‘It can be really expensive to join a karate club.

‘But we keep the cost down by providing all the equipment and outfits, which we either get from charity shops or from donations.’

The group has grown over the last year and was recently awarded a grant of £1,600 from the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation to buy new equipment.

Mrs Clifton said: ‘We desperately need funding and the money enabled us to buy the new karate gear that we so desperately needed.’

Her daughter Taylor, 12, attends the class and says her friends think it’s cool she has a karate mum.

She said: ‘It’s good that we’ve found something we both like.’

Later this year the group will move into a new community space which is being finished nearby which will have a bigger space for them to practise.

Ryukin Ryu karate class runs from 4pm on a Monday evening and costs £2.50 per class.

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