British junior karate champion and College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London (CONEL) student Brandon Wilkins has won his first English title.
The 17-year-old fighter won gold in the junior under 68Kg category in the 16 to 17 age group of the English Karate Federation National Championships at Leicester Arena on 15 April.
Brandon, who was ranked 49th in the world for his size and weight in 2017, secured the victory in his last year as a junior fighter. He will fight at senior level when he turns 18.
He said: “I am very happy and proud to become English champion. It’s my first time I have won this competition and it’s good to win it in my last year.
“Every time I have competed in this competition before I have finished second or third, so it was nice to finally win it.”
“I trained well and made sure I was focused, fit and well prepared. I felt confident going into the fight and beat my opponent quite easily.”
Brandon achieved a gold medal in the junior British Karate Federation 4 Nations Championships in 2017 and believes the win will spur him on to retaining his title in May.
The annual tournament includes fighters from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
“I won the British championship last year and looking to defend my title,” said Brandon, who is studying for a Sport 90 Credit Diploma Level 3.
“With the other nations competing it will be tougher, but I’m looking forward to it. I look forward to every competition.”
CONEL runs a Martial Arts Academy in partnership with the English Karate Federation, which includes professional coaching, physiotherapy and nutrition advice.
For more information on the Martial Arts Academy call 020 8442 3673 or click here visit www.conel.ac.uk/martial-arts-academy.html.
CONEL also has a Sports Scholarships Programme to elite athletes like Brandon worth up to £2,500 a year for competition and training expenses. For more information visit www.conel.ac.uk/sports-scholarship-programme.html.
- Last Updated: 18 April 2018