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Karate: Young star Jessica is awarded black belt.

JESSICA Kinson, Vale Karate's Welsh Open, Scottish Open and British champion, has earned her karate junior black belt.

After attaining her 1st Kyu, the final brownbelt, in July 2007, Jessica, a pupil at Barry's High St Primary School, faced a long wait, since, according to World Karate Federation guidelines, children must be at least 10 in order to have their junior black Belt award recognised by The WKGB in Wales and, therefore, the Welsh Sports Council.

She has been extremely busy and successful in the interim, winning the Welsh Open in November 2007, with 2008 being an even more successful year.

As a member of the Vale karate squad, among other tournaments, she entered two of the biggest and most prestigious events open to children of her age, the Scottish International Open and the British Championships, taking the gold medals in the under-10 girls' kata events in each.

Only two weeks ago, although the youngest in the event having celebrated her 10th birthday only a month previously, she stepped up to the 10-15 years categoryat the Western Karate union's Kyu Grade Championships in Bristol, beating several 14 and 15 year-olds on her way to adding that title to her growing list.

Jessica hopes to one day represent Wales, following in the footsteps of four of her team-mates, Rhys Davies, Natasha Paton, Elliot Evans and Luke Davies, who are in the WKGB squad for the European Under-21 Championships which take place in Paris in January.

Vale karate chief instructor Rob Copeland said: "Jessica's attitude is remarkable for one so young. Since she began karate, she has always given no less than 100 per cent at every session. We are all very proud of her and her junior black belt is very well deserved."

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LITTLE BELTER: Jessica Kinson, Vale Karate's Welsh Open, Scottish Open and British champion, has at last earned her karate junior black belt
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Dec 17, 2008
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