MARTIAL ARTS: ELLESMERE Port & Neston Tae Kwon-do collected a hat-trick of medals in the British Championships at Coventry's Skydome.
Although his club were participating in the biggest martial arts event ever held in this country, with more than 2,000 competitors taking part, instructor Tony Littlejohns was hoping for a better showing.
He said: 'We'd concentrated on regaining the Area Championships so we didn't send a big squad, but those who entered did well.'
Cali Clarke, 15, showed great heart to overcome an opponent with twoyears more experience in the semi-finals, en route to securing the silver medal in the cadet blue and red belt middleweight division.
There were bronze medals for Aimee Jones in the girls' blue belt lightweight sparring and Mike Jones in the men's red belt middleweight sparring.
Meanwhile, Terri Bartlett, 12, has become the country's youngest second dan after completing her gradings in Bristol alongside Lauren Kermode, 11, and Stephanie Kermode and Daniel Williams, both 17, who received their black belts. Ellesmere Port & Neston Tae Kwon-do train at the Castrol Club on Mondays and Wednesdays and Neston Recreation Centre on Thursdays and Sundays at 6pm (juniors) and 7.30pm (seniors).
For more details, call Tony Littlejohns on 0151 336 5703 or 07733 365 885 or log on to www.northwesttkd.co.uk The Bushido and Budgei-Ki-Ryu Ju-Jitsu Academy has held its annual Christmas party and club awards, presented by Sensei Philip Rhodes.
The Student of the Year Trophy was awarded to Zac Fell, who has shown great commitment to the art with endless enthusiasm, Best Boy was won by Howard Moore and Best Girl Amy Leffler.