MARTIAL ARTS: FORTUNE favoured the brave when a teenage kung-fu fighter returned from a testing competitive debut in triumph.
Ollie Jerram was one of four untried exponents, who elected to take part in a European Martial Arts Association tournament in Sheffield.
He won gold while fellow 15-year-old - and fellow Runcorn Sport Kung-fu Club member - Adam O'Sullivan took bronze.
Tim George, fourth-dan black belt and chief instructor at the club, said it had been a great achievement by the pair.
'All five from the club, who entered the competition are juniors and it was their first time in competition,' he added.
'They chose the event - I warned them it was going to be seriously tough but they wanted to do it and as it was reasonably close, I said 'Let's go then'.
'It was a very rewarding day and allowed me to see what we still need to work on.'
Both medal winners are purple-sash grades and took part in the U16 competition but in different height categories.
Kalila George, Tim's 12-year-old daughter, 15-year-old Jordan Steele and Tommy Anderton, nine, made up the fighting group.
The tournament was open not only to kungfu exponents but students of other martial arts such as karate and tae kwon-do.
Runcorn Sport Kung-fu Club is open to men, women, boys and girls and meets on Saturdays and Wednesdays.
Its chief instructor has represented England in karate before switching to kung fu.
He said: 'In a nutshell, it is kung fu for sport. We take out all the traditional patterns and forms that are practised elsewhere and just practice for competition fighting with fitness work and competition technique.'
For further details of training sessions, contact Tim George, tel: 01928 751721.