TEN year-old Alex Bellamy is celebrating after winning a silver medal at the World Karate Championships in Florida - and you can watch him performing his routine in America here!
The Hartford Junior School pupil, who attends the Extreme Black Belt Academy in Huntingdon, and is coached there by Jeff Scott, came second to American Joshua Kitterman in the under-12s freestyle forms competition at the event, held at the Doubletree Hilton at the entrance to Universal Studios theme park in the Sunshine State.
Forms is a non-contact version of karate in which competitors perform movements to music – and in Alex’s case, his music of choice, Greyhound, by the Stockholm-based dance music band Swedish House Mafia.
“I really like the song,” Alex said. “So I chose it.
He added: “I really enjoyed my time in Florida – it was very sunny, and I loved competing.”
Alex’s mother, Heather Bellamy, told The Hunts Post: “We are really proud of him. He first got interested in the sport when the XBBA club did an open day at Hartford Junior School.
“He has been participating in the sport for more than three years and his brother, Sam, also attends the Academy in Huntingdon. In fact, we all take part.”
Mrs Bellamy added: “Alex trained really hard – in the eight weeks leading up to the finals he was training four nights a week and in the week before we went to Florida he was training six nights a week with one rest day.
“He was even out training in the garden before school.”
Alex’s performance was scrutinised by five judges and he was joined by three other athletes in the final of the competition.
The following day the four performed their routines and Kitterman was awarded the gold medal with Bellamy second and another American, Jalen Carr, third.
Alex’s next challenge will be at the end of the month. The young karate kid will be competing at the Enter the Battle Festival which will also include other extreme martials arts sports, BMX freestyle, parkour and street dance.
And then it’s off to Crete next year for the next World Championships where Alex is hoping to go one better and claim first place.
“That won’t be quite as expensive as Florida,” said his mother. “But at least we can make a holiday of it again…”
• To watch a video of Alex in action in Florida, visit www.huntspost24.com/sport