Three junior paratekas from the Furness area came away with medals at the recent WKC English Open National Karate & Kickboxing Championships in Manchester.

Barrow Shotokan's Ajay Harris struck gold in two categories; the under-17 karate kumite and the under-16 kickboxing, while Luke Clinton of Furness Shotokan Karate Club won both the under-12 and under-14 kumite competitions.

Charlie West, also of Barrow Shotokan, ensured the Roose Road club claimed a one-two in the under-17 kumite as he finished with a silver medal.

All three set out looking to qualify for this year's World Championships and 12-year-old Clinton was first on the mat, showcasing his amazing head-kicking skills to score numerous ippons against his opponent claim gold in the under-12s category.

He then carried on that winning streak in the under-14 competition, winning gold again to make it a hugely successful weekend.

Barrow had two competitors in the under-17 kumite category in 15-year-olds Harris and West and they both through competitors from other clubs to face each other in the final.

In a very close-fought bout, both youngsters displayed some great skills and discipline and it was Harris who came away with the gold with a score of 1-2.

Harris then went on to compete in the kickboxing under-16s open weight competition where he fought hard and fast to come away with his second gold medal and round off a superb championships for his club.