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Coach put forward for Proud of Barnsley award

Tuesday 17th June 2014

A FORMER British karate champion turned coach has been put forward for a Proud of Barnsley award for his inspiration, guidance and dedication.

A FORMER British karate champion turned coach has been put forward for a Proud of Barnsley award for his inspiration, guidance and dedication.


Alex Gardner, 22, of Chapel Field Walk, Penistone, has been put forward by John Tumman, a fellow coach at the Shindo Kai Karate Association where Alex is head kata coach.


Alex is also kata coach at the Barnsley Karate Centre, where he has trained since he was 13.


He has represented karate at world, European, British and English levels since the age of 15.


John said Alex put his England career on hold two years ago to coach the kids and help them realise their full potential.


When John gave him the coaching job, he took four children on, teaching them what he had learned with England and took them away to competitions.


Over three years, he has built the squad up to 30 children - including eight English champions and two members on the England 'A' squad as well as a fearsome reputation on the circuit.


In his nomination, John, of Wood Lane, Carlton, said: "The children look up to Alex so much, they want to emulate his England career, copy his coaching style, be a good karate student, have proper etiquette and manners, be a good person and help others in the class.


"I have seen the kids grow and become fantastic athletes under the guidance of Alex over the years and I am so proud of how he looks after the kids and keeps them on the right lines.


"He is an inspiration to these kids and Barnsley is very lucky to have a person like Alex who gives up so much of his time for them."

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