11:34am Thursday 6th June 2013
Courageous youngster Eaton Nim had every reason to be proud after winning a gold medal in his favourite sport.
Just 12 months ago the seven-year-old from Otley was confined to a wheelchair after a terrible accident.
He suffered a shattered leg and pelvis but through a prolonged process of therapy combined with sheer willpower he eventually fought his way back to fitness.
His story is an inspiration to other youngsters and his determination and dedication were rewarded when he competed in the recent British Shuko- kai/Shito-ryu Karate Alliance Open championships held in Warrington Cheshire.
He was part of a seven-strong squad from the Otley Karate Centre’s ‘Centre of Excellence’ squad at the event.
Eaton struck gold with a heart-warming performance in the cadet children’s kata.
His was one of two gold medals won by the Otley Karate Centre. The other went to Dominic Calver in the male brown belt kata (traditional form). For both students it was a spectacular success There were silver medal successes for 15-year-old Jake Magarry in the boys 13-15 years black belt kata, 12-year-old Max Lord in the boys 10-12 years brown belt kata and Yuan Xu in the boys under-ten junior kata.
To crown a successful day for the Otley contingent there were two bronze medal winners too .
Jamie Kerridge was third in the boys 13-15 years black belt kata and Isabella Greco was third in the girls under-ten junior kata.
oFor details ginners classes at the Otley Karate Centre tel Chief Instructor Ken Gee on 01423-858474 or visit their new centre website, www.otleykaratecentre.co.uk
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