Jack gets his kicks for England

CARRBROOK schoolboy Jack Wilson, who gets his kicks from karate, has elevated his career to a new level after making his debut for England.

Jack Wilson

The 15-year-old Mossley Hollins High School pupil fought in the kata class at the Junior European Championships in Aarlborg, Denmark.

Competing in the cadet category, which is for ages 15-16, Jack made the last 16 in a tough field of competitors with 32 countries represented in his class.

Though Jack did not medal this time, he was placed joint 11th, a great achievement for a first time European championships.

Jack will be abroad again in May when he travels to Limassol, Cyprus, to compete in the K1 Youth League, a newly created competition to provide a platform for the development of youngsters in their quest to progress in the sport.

Jack with coaches Sharon and Julian Mallalieu

He will also be competing in other competitions throughout the year up and down the country as well as attending selections for the Junior World Championships in Santiago, Chile, and next year’s Junior European Championships.

Jack has already won national titles and dreams one day of becoming a future Olympian as karate has been included for the first time in 2020 in Tokyo.

Jack, who competed in Los Angeles in 2015 at an international competition, is a member of Tameside Karate Club and trains mainly at Copley but also in Ashton. His coaches are Julian and Sharon Mallalieu.

He took up the sport aged eight after seeing it beamed on a screen during a visit to Copley.

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