There’s no risk of this lot getting the chop...
Youngsters from Sheffield Dragons karate club are celebrating after scooping a haul of 24 medals at the International Karate Union’s world championship games.
A team of five children and two adults from the Handsworth-based club high-kicked competition out of the water at the tournament.
Children from Sheffield shone in matches against other young people from across the globe at the three-day event in October. It was a case of double delight for twins Alicia and Louie Anson, aged seven, who won three gold and four silver between them.
Proud mum Julie Anson, who flew out to Italy with her children to cheer them on, said: “They both competed in the under-eights but Louie was in the under-10s competition too.
“They’ve both been doing karate since they were three so they’ve grown up with it. They were all fantastic.
“We were very proud. There were a few tears shed.”
The club thanked the Church Burgess Educational Foundation, Bluecoat and Mount Pleasant Educational Foundation and Sheffield Grammar School Foundation for sponsorship.