Belfast schoolboy Ross Dougan took his first international karate medal at the Swedish Open International which was held in the Scandinavian city of Malmo at the start of March.
The ten year old Glenwood Primary School pupil took a bronze medal in the boys free fighting event, kick-starting a promising career in his chosen sport.
Billed as Northern Europe’s largest karate tournament, Ross was up against some top youngsters at the event which showcased the up-and-coming talent to watch out for in coming years.
Ross has been training hard with Britain’s top instructor Oliver Brunton and his son James, a former international champion, as is part of a programme supported by Belfast City Council aimed at identifying and nurturing young talent as well as encouraging more youngsters to get involved.
“We are now beginning to see the results of this dedicated programme,” Oliver said. “I am confident this is only the start of medal wins for Ross and the other young people who, along with their parents, have committed to the regime necessary to succeed in this competitive arena.”
For more information on learning karate at the Brunton Schools of Karate visit www.irishkarate.com or call 028 90 616453.