SEVEN-year-old Oscar Wightman won the ISKA British Championship and World Qualifier in the Junior Boys 6-7 -30kg category at Solihull Sports Centre in Birmingham.

Team GB member Oscar, who goes to St Maxencitus Primary School in Harwood, won his first British kickboxing title in October after claiming various regional titles.

The victory means he will join the ISKA England squad to take part in the World Championships in Jamaica next September.

Paul Smith, coach at the North West Warriors Martial Arts Centre, said: “I am delighted for Oscar and, like I tell all our students, hard work pays off and what you focus on and believe you will achieve.

“The week building up [to the championship] we worked hard in final preparations, preparing his mind and making sure Oscar was in the best possible shape for optimum performance.

“North West Warriors pride ourselves that we are a club of champions and we want to impact our communities, Bolton and Bury, with as much positive change to our next generation of children and change lives."

The Harwood youngster has been training at the Bury Road centre on the border of Bolton and Bury for just over a year, training three to four times per week in between school commitments.

The ISKA, short for the International Sport Karate Association, held the event on October 8 at the North Solihull Sports Centre in Birmingham, challenging competitors from across the nation to compete for a chance to join the ISKA England squad for their trip to Jamaica.

For more information about kickboxing clubs and classes at the North West Warriors Martial Arts Centre, who run a range of classes for people four years and over, contact Paul Smith on 07779142502.