Teenage karate champion hopes to win £5k for Sheffield Children’s Hospital
A teenager from Sheffield is in with a chance of winning £5,000 for Sheffield Children’s Hospital, after his impressive martial arts skills won him a place in the final of a national competition.
Louie Anson, aged 14, from Mosborough is one of four finalists in TGI Friday’s #FridaysFeeling competition, which is offering the winner a £2,000 cash prize plus a £5,000 donation to an NHS charity or trust of their choice.
Louie, who is in Year 9 at Eckington School, is now going head-to-head against the three other finalists, who have until 10am tomorrow to get as many votes as they can.
“Louie is absolutely ecstatic to have made it to the final,” said his mum, Julie.
“It’s crazy in our house right now, and we’re just hoping that people will take the time to visit the link and vote for him.”
Louie’s act involves showing off his bo staff skills; bo staff is a weapon used in some martial art.
The winner of the competition will also get the chance to perform at TGI’s VIP Covent Garden re-launch party.
Louie has been learning karate since the age of three under the guidance of Kady Robinson and Chloe Flower at Unite Martial Arts based at De Hood, Manor Top.
Louie is a black belt and trains five days a week. He is also a world champion in several different styles of martial arts and has competed around the world.
He also competes and performs bo staff routines alongside his twin sister, Alicia.
Julie said: “It’s amazing. He just loves it and can’t get enough of it.
“I’m so proud of Louie and Alicia doing it individually, but when they come together it brings tears to my eyes. My whole world is on the mat, together.”
And Julie reveals that, while the pair have been missing their martial arts classes in lockdown, they’ve been able to keep up with the rest of the club via virtual sessions on Zoom, and plenty of practice in the garden together on sunny days.