Jack’s the Pride of Tameside

JACK Wilson’s karate exploits have been recognised within the borough.

The 16-year-old from Carrbrook was a winner at the Pride of Tameside Sports Awards.

Jack, an A-Level student at Ashton Sixth Form College, was named Young Sports Achiever of the Year.

He will now represent Tameside in the Greater Manchester Sports Awards at Emirates Old Trafford on November 15.

“It was a lovely surprise for Jack to win the award,” explained mum Karen.

Jack, a former pupil at Buckton Vale Primary and Mossley Hollins High School, followed that accolade with a medal at an international tournament in Austria.

He won a silver in the Under-18 kata category at the Vienna International Open where he was the only British competitor in the competition.

Jack fought opponents from Russia, Czech Republic, Serbia, Poland and Hungary with Karen describing it as a standard of competition higher than usual events.

It was also a great achievement as Jack was one of the youngest competitors as he only celebrated his 16th birthday at the end of July and has just moved up from cadet to junior competitions.

It was an emotional trip for Jack whose grandmother Ida Green, died last year. She was from Vienna and the family took her ashes back to her home country.

Jack will be venturing abroad again in December to compete in the K1 Youth League where world ranking points will be at stake.

Earlier this year Jack made his England debut at the Junior European Championships at Aalborg, Denmark where he was placed joint 11th.

Jack, who has ambitions to compete for Team GB at a future Olympic Games, is a member of Tameside Karate Club where coaches Julian and Sharon Mallalieu have been massive influences on his development into one of the country’s top karate exponents at his age group.

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