Further Education Agriculture student Shane Bannerman has become an England karate champion!
The 17-year-old, who lives in Brentwood, won a gold and three bronze medals for England at the World Karate Games in Slovenia.
Shane, who is studying a Level 2 Diploma in Agriculture, was encouraged by his foster carer to take up martial arts only five years ago.
His carer Cathy, who has been a carer for Compass Fostering for seven years and had fostered two children before Shane, learned that he had previously taken and enjoyed karate lessons when he arrived at her home. She encouraged him to commit further to his training and he started winning medals in local competitions. As he progressed, Shane added further sessions to his schedule and he is now training three to four times a week.
Shane’s success began when he won a gold medal, a silver medal and a bronze medal at the KSE England National Open Championships in 2013. This led Karate England to ask him to represent England at the IKU European Cadet/ Junior Championships in November 2014, where he picked up a bronze medal.
At the Slovenia World Games this month, he won a gold medal in Team Kumite (fighting); a bronze medal in individual Kumite (fighting); bronze in Team Kumite (fighting); and a bronze in Team Kata.
Away from the sport, he has found that his passion for animals has been a steadying presence in his life. He completed a Level 2 Diploma In Animal Care at Writtle last year and wants to become a dog handler for the police or other authority after studying Agriculture.