Tyrone lands gold medal and purple belt

Tyrone Elliott, 16, won a Gold medal in the 2011 English Open Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championships in Kent.
Tyrone Elliott, 16, won a Gold medal in the 2011 English Open Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championships in Kent.

A STUDENT has that golden glow after picking up a medal at a national championship.

Tyrone Elliott, 16, a sports student at TyneMet College, won a gold medal in the 2011 English Open Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championships in Kent.

And on receiving his medal he was also awarded his purple belt, making him the youngest person in Europe to hold purple belt status.

Tyrone is studying on the two-year, Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport (Performance & Excellence) at TyneMet and hopes to become a fully qualified strength and conditioning coach.

As a member of the North East Sports Academy (NESA) at TyneMet, Tyrone has access to specialist coaching and also has the use of the Flex Fitness Gym on the TyneMet Coast Road campus.

To build up his level of fitness and performance, Tyrone has been training with strength and conditioning coach Chris Bunten at the gym.

Tyrone, pictured, said: “Chris has been training me really hard but I can really feel the end result, especially when I won both of my fights during the competition.

“My entry fees for the competition were paid by NESA, I can’t thank them enough, not only for paying for me to take part in the competition but for all of the support I have received from the NESA and Flex staff.”

Chris said: “Tyrone has been committed and worked extremely hard following his personal fitness programme that we designed for him.

“Evidence of this has been the fantastic result of him winning his Gold medal.

“Athletes like Tyrone must continue to maintain their high levels of fitness and performance, this they can do with the support from NESA and Flex Fitness.”

Flex Fitness Gym is open to everyone, not just college students, and has up-to-date equipment as well as expert advice on personal training programmes and nutrition.

For more information about Flex Fitness, based at TyneMet College’s Coast Road campus, call Chris on (0191) 229 5103 or e-mail chris.bunten@tynemet.ac.uk