12-year-old Liam wins his black belt

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A COALTOWN of Balgonie boy has become his club’s youngest-ever karate black belt, reports MIKE DELANEY.

Liam Hamilton has achieved the coveted accolade at Red Gate at the age of just 12.

The Auchmuty High School pupil began training with the Glenrothes Lomond Centre-based club when he was six years-old and has already taken runners-up sport in three Scottish Karate Federation championships.

But now he is hoping to push on to even greater success.

He said: “I train three times a week, but all the hard work, determination and focus has been worthwhile.

“My goal is to continue to enjoy training, keep working hard and help motivate others in the club.

“With me being so young, the juniors in the club can now see that this goal is manageable and can be achieved with sheer determination, belief and lots of hard work and can result in confident individuals.”

Liam paid tribute to coaches, including Roy Steele, for helping him achieve his belt.

It’s a fitting achievement for the club, coming as it does during its 40th anniversary year.