12-year-old wins karate gold

George Entwistle

George Entwistle

First published in News

George Entwistle is only 12, but he’s already at the top of his game.

George won gold in the British International Karate Open Competition under 55kg section, held in Crawley, last month.

The youngster has been learning karate with Oxford Sport Traditional Martial Arts since he was seven.

He attends classes with his mum Nikki, a police sergeant at Bicester Police Station, dad Craig, and sister Lily, 10, at venues in Bicester, Calvert, Brackley and Middleton Cheney.

George, of Brackley, said: “Normally I’m in the under 45 kilos but I was moved up to under 55 for the championships. I fought five in total, most of the fights were hard but I started to get used to it by the end and I beat the world silver medalist relatively comfortably in the final.”

George also attends England squad training regularly in Loughborough.

He plans to travel to Ireland in March to take part in an international contest, which culminates in the European Championships later this year.

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