DESPITE being in just his first year of competitive motorsport, a young Cwmbran kart racer has been nominated for two awards in a national celebration of the achievements of deaf people.

At only six years of age, Caleb McDuff, from Cwmbran, is already making an impact in his chosen sport.

Profoundly deaf, his ambition is to become the world’s first deaf Grand Prix driver.

This year has seen Caleb and his father, Ian, travelling all across the UK to compete in the Bambino Kart Championship.

But despite his inexperience, and the fact he is competing against drivers a couple of years older than him, the youngster has shown remarkable commitment and determination as he has consistently recorded quicker times around the challenging circuits that make up the tour.

Now his efforts have been recognised with the young racer being nominated for Young Player of the Year at the Deaf Sports Personality of the Year Awards – to be presented at a special ceremony at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena on November 29.

Soon after finding out about this nomination, Caleb also learnt that he had been nominated for a Young Guns Award by web based motorsport radio station, Downforce UK Radio.

Speaking about the nominations, his dad Ian said: “Caleb is over the moon with the news and I am really pleased and proud of him because I know how hard he has worked this season to get so far.

“We also have to thank everyone who has supported Caleb to enable him to get to this point.”

Before he does the rounds of the award ceremonies, however, Caleb still has the matter of completing his racing season to concentrate on.

The penultimate round of the Bambino series takes place at the Bayford Meadows circuit in Kent on September 28 and 29.

To vote for Caleb and follow his progress, visit