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Roshan is rewarded for effort.

Byline: EDWARD CONNOLLY

FUTURE sportsman Roshan Din has been awarded Sparkbrook's Young People's Award for Youth Work.

The 11-year-old Brazilian Jujitsu (BJJ) and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) champion received the award from local councillors Mohammed Azim, Tony Kennedy, Habib Rehman, and a special guest - Olympic Bronze medallist archer Alison Williamson MBE.

The accolade caps off an amazing year for the youngster.

He has recently travelled to Paris and Los Angeles to compete, the latter an event featuring more than 800 other youngsters.

He won double Gold at the NAGA Championships in France, and finished runner-up in the Pan Kids BJJ tournament in California.

The skilful youngster has also won Gold at the English Open and Bronze at the regional Nogi Championships. Roshan's success has inspired other children in the area, who have now been motivated to try their hand at mixed martial arts too.

"We didn't expect the award", said his father Habeeb Khan. "It's a brilliant feeling to know his hard work has inspired other kids within the area to take up martial arts and other types of sport."

Multi-talented Roshan trains at numerous gyms for often three to four hours a day after school, including Fearless MMA and BBJ at Gracie Barra, with additional help also coming from Fitness for Life.

Thankfully his school are accommodating when it comes to time off to compete.

"They're really good. Sport has helped him turn around his behaviour," added his proud father.

Roshan continues to excel and succeed in Brazilian Jujitsu and MMA, despite being diagnosed with ADHD when he was three.

"His heart just carries him on," stated Habeeb.

Roshan is currently training for the British Championships which will be held in Birmingham at the end of May.

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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:May 1, 2013
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