ALL-conquering judo champ Charlie Ayre is reaching for the stars after another stellar year.
The 12-year-old martial artist won a second British title in December, and this month will attend the England Development Programme.
Charlie was crowned under 34kg British Judo Champion, adding to his under-27kg title 2015 and a silver medal at under-30kg in 2016.
Over the last 14 months Charlie has competed seven times, picking up a staggering five gold and two silver medals in competitions the length and breadth of the UK, with a win-loss ratio last year of 20-1.
Proud dad Paul, who manages Middlesbrough Council’s Everyone Active leisure contract, was himself crowned junior British Judo Champion in 1987 at the age of 14.
He said: “Charlie has continued to make great progress with his judo this year and trained really hard to enable him to achieve some fantastic results along the way.
“He is now back in training after a break for Christmas and we hope he can build on his success from 2017.”
Charlie – also a keen footballer and Boro season ticket holder – has been doing judo for four years, reaching green belt level.
He trains at and competes for Thornaby Pavilion Judo Club under the guidance of 85-year-old Judo legend Joe Glynn and has for the last 18 months also been working with a technical judo coach and family friend Shahram Shabazi.
Paul added: “Judo is fantastic for exercise, recreation, and building self-confidence but it’s the competition side that Charlie likes best.
“I’d like to think his success will act as inspiration to other young people to find out just how rewarding martial arts or any sports can be.”