Forest School pupil Ryan Morter is celebrating a stunning success at the IKO GB Open after switching karate disciplines.
yan, 15, was first in the GB 14-15 years contact knockdown category, and followed that up with a second in the 14-15 years kata and a third place in the 14-15 years clicker in the championships in Ware, Hertfordshire - which has seen him earn another call-up for the England squad.
He will represent England at the Severn Cup of Europe between October 19 and 22, in Wales where he will come up against the pick of karate players across the continent.
The kyu brown belt usually competes in the kyokushinkai discipline - but at the IKO Open he was competing in the higher contact version - kyokushin.
Mum Ginette said: “It was a case of learning new techniques and Ryan adjusted to it extremely well.
“He was really enthusiastic about competing and he wanted to try out the new skills he had learned.
“Ryan weighs nine and a half stone, and was up against competitors of up to 13 and a half stone, so his speed, agility and flexibility came through. It was fantastic for his first contact competition.”
Ryan trains with Crawley karate Club, under the tutelage of coach David Pickthall, and attends England training camps once a month.
“We are very proud of him,” Ginette said. “It is no more than he deserves. He puts a lot of training in during the week.”
Ryan was among the first recipients of the Horsham District Set 4 Success awards in 2011.
The awards are designed to help fund training for promising young athletes, and Ryan, of Wellwood Close, Horsham, was selected for the scheme in the wake of a National Boys Category 2 Championship win in 2010, and his call up to represent England in the Swiss Championships, where he reached the last-16 of the competition.