Karate kid Brad set for Euros

Eleven-year-old Brad Porteous has been selected to represent England at the Karate European Championships in October.
Eleven-year-old Brad Porteous has been selected to represent England at the Karate European Championships in October.
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KARATE kid Brad Porteous has been selected to represent the UK in the European Championships.

Brad, 11, has bean training at the Tohoku Karate Club for just four years and gained his blackbelt in 2010 under the instruction of Sensei Christine Pullan at the Seaburn Centre.

Brad, who lives with mum Alison and brother Geoff, has competed in numerous national and regional competitions over past three years and won 18 trophies and medals,

Now the Monkwearmouth School Pupil, from Seaburn Dene, is heading off to Hungary next month as part of the England team, taking on fighters from around the world aged from 11 to 14.

Dad Geoff, from Pallion, said: “Obviously I’m very proud of him. I used to do martial arts myself when I was younger, and it’s great to see him doing it.

“It’s not just because he’s my son – it’s great to see a young person from Sunderland representing the country.

“When you think of the trouble you can see with young people sometimes, it’s great to see a young lad achieving something.”

Because Brad is in a young person’s category, he must fund some of the trip himself. Geoff said he is helping raise the cash, including doing the Coast to Coast bike ride.