Sheffield karate kid Sam Collinson finally a world champion after winning bronze and silver

Sam Collinson has t been crowned world champion at the World Union of Karate Federations  World Championships in Dublin.
Sam Collinson has t been crowned world champion at the World Union of Karate Federations World Championships in Dublin.
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Sheffield’s karate kid Sam Collinson is a world champion at the third time of asking.

Sam, 14, won a world silver in Serbia in 2012 and a bronze in Poland in 2014.

But earlier this month in Dublin the black belt from Forge Valley School struck gold.

He was crowned world champion at the World Union of Karate Federations (WUKF) World Championships.

He competed as member of the AMA National Karate squad and in his kata event he went up against over 40 competitors from all over the globe.

The three-day event started on the Friday with preliminary rounds and finished on the Sunday with the final six competitors from the USA, Italy, Romania, Brazil and England facing off against each other in a superbly contested final.

Sam said “It was unbelievable when I found out I had won, it was so amazing to stand there on the podium representing my club and country.”

Sam’s coach, Sensei Nev Hamilton, Chief Instructor at South Yorkshire Shotokan Karate said: “ Sam has worked so hard for this achievement and the whole club is very proud of him and what he has achieved.

“Sam is a genuine talent and fierce competitor who will go from strength to strength.”