A judo coach from Killingworth will represent his country after grappling his way to a double success in a national competition.
Kevin Pattison, a coach at Gateshead College, won silver and bronze medals at the recent British Open Masters Judo Championships in Kidderminster.
The 32-year-old took bronze in the Masters dan grade before going on to gain silver in the Open Masters dan grade, handsomely winning four fights by a maximum ten-point haul.
His eye-catching performance has brought the ultimate reward – selection for the Great Britain Judo Masters squad.
Kevin, who has been involved in the sport for more than 15 years, said: “I’m thrilled that I’ve been picked to represent my country. In my teens I had high hopes of turning professional but when that didn’t work out, I went down the coaching route.”
Lewis Pendleton, sports academy manager at Gateshead College, said: “Kevin has done extremely well and his achievements are an inspiration to all of our aspiring judo professionals.
“It’s also fantastic that students can see the kinds of sporting careers available to them when they leave and that their options are wide and varying.”