Profile: Patricia Duggin

Patricia Duggin can be considered a pioneer of women’s competitive Karate in the United Kingdom. In a fourteen year career, from 1988 – 2002, she was part of a British team, including Molly Samuels-Leport, the Jillian and Juliette), Annette Baily and Janice Francis, that won around fifty-three medals at European and World level.
Known for her tenacity, Duggin competed in the +60 kg and open weight classes. In contrast to her relaxed demeanor out of competition, she was a focused and determined competitor always seeking to dominate her opponent.

Duggin, born in East London, began her Karate training aged ten. She trained in Wado-ryu and by the age of sixteen had received her 1st Dan.

1988 saw Duggin begin her tournament career. Her first major international success came in 1994 when she won a bronze medal at the European Karate championships held in Birmingham, England. The following year she repeated the feat at the European Championships held in Helsinki.

Duggin’s greatest tournament success came in 1996 at the World Karate Championships held in Sun City, South Africa. She won double gold at the championships. In the individual kumite +60 event she defeated Theodora Dougeni from Greece in the final. In the team kumite event she helped Great Britain defeat Italy in the final. The following year in Lahti, Finland she won a bronze medal at the World Games. In May of that year she featured on the cover of Traditional Karate magazine.

1998 saw continued tournament success at the European Karate Championships held in Belgrade, Serbia. She won silver, losing to Sladana Mitic in the final.

After a successful tournament career by anyone’s standard, Duggin eventually retired from competing at the highest level in 2002. Her major honors include:

• World Championships, Individual Kumite(+60kg) – 1st Place(1996)
• European Championships, Individual Kumite(+60kg) – 2nd Place (1998)
• European Championships, Individual Kumite(Open) – 3rd Place (1994, 1995)
• World Games, Individual Kumite(+60kg) – 3rd Place (1997)

Since retiring from top-line competitive Karate in 2002 Duggin has focused on teaching Wado-ryu Karate. She opened her own dojo in Wanstead, East London and would later opened another dojo in Covent Garden, London. Duggin’s dojos are affiliated to the United Karate Association (UKA).

Apart from her teaching duties Duggin is involved in coaching the next generation of Karate competitors, offering them her wealth of knowledge. She is also a tournament referee. If all this was not enough she has been known to still occasionally compete.

Author: Patrick Donkor

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