Castleford youngster Adam McLoughlin has beaten all the odds to achieve a black belt in karate.
Adam, 10, of Green Acres Drive, suffers from cerebral palsy, a neurological condition that affects a child’s movement and co-ordination.
But the determined youngster has not let this get in his way and has progressed through the belts since taking up karate four years ago.
The St Joseph’s Catholic School pupil was awarded a black belt at the Chuldow Martial Arts Academy, Knottingley, in December. He has also been awarded ‘student of the year’ out of around 1,000 members of Chuldow’s 12 academy sites.
His mum Vicky McLoughlin said: “When Adam first started at the academy he struggled to even kick without falling over. The karate has really helped him, it has given him much more confidence. He is very quiet as he had problems with his voicebox as a baby and he needed the confidence. It has helped him at school as well.
“He was over the moon when he got his black belt. He can now work towards his second dan if he is up to it but in the meantime he has started a weapons course and he loves doing that.
“This is an amazing achievement for Adam, we never dreamed he would get this far with it. The whole family has started doing karate as a result of Adam joining. The staff at the academy are brilliant - as long as Adam tries his best they do not mind that he takes longer to do things. I recommend it to everyone.”
Adam’s instructor Simon Walker said: “Adam is an inspiration to people. More people can understand what they can do by looking at Adam. It is a fantastic achievement for him.”