A Nescot Uniformed Public Services student has won bronze at a national judo competition.
Joey Fowler, 17 and from Tadworth, took part in the Year 12 and 13 category of the British Schools Championship and won his first fight within several seconds and the next within 90 seconds.
He lost his third fight to the competitor who went on to win the gold medal, but went on to take bronze at the contest at Ice Sheffield on March 8.
“It was a really long day and I worked really hard in the fights,” said Joey, a first-year Level 3 student.
“My parents came up to watch me so I was really proud to win the bronze medal while they were there.”
Joey, a first-year Level 3 student, started practising Judo 13 years ago and is a member of Westcroft Judo Club, which meets at Carshalton Boys’ Sports College under coach Andy Ede.
He is already a First Dan blackbelt and is training to become a judo instructor, and aims to join the Armed Forces or the police as a dog handler in the future.
“Joey is an outstanding student and this is a fantastic achievement,” said Uniformed Public Services tutor Neil Fairbrother.
“He works very hard on the course, but also manages to balance his studies with high-level competitions like this one. We’re all very proud of him.”