Uk : Chester - Le - Street Karate Kid Fights His Way To Silver Medal

UK : Chester-le-Street karate kid fights his way to silver medalKarate kid Ryan Spencer is on top of the world - despite having to compete with a broken toe.
The determined teen competed in a European Karate Championships in Crawley last weekend, scooping a silver medla. He made it the semi-final before being knocked out.

Ryan, of Chester-le-Street, County Durham, said: “Medics told me to stop fighting because of my broken toe, but I put in so much effort just to be there I didn’t want to quit.

“I just ignored it and didn’t worry about it, I didn’t really notice the pain until the next day.”

Former Lord Lawson pupil Ryan studies sport coaching at Sunderland University and dedicates at least six hours a week to karate training with instructor John James Bruce at Sendai Kushio Karate Club.

The 18-year-old has overcome a rare bone condition, hereditary multiple exostoses (HME) which sees lumps growing on their bones and only affects just one in every 50,000 people, to become a medal-winning champ and represents his country on the England karate team.

And Ryan said: “It is a privilege just to be on the England squad, to be selected to fight is even more of an honour.

“The bone condition bothers me sometimes, but I have got the mind set to forget about it because I want to be the best that I can be.”

Ryan is also the youth ambassador for the HME support group which his mother Christine, 53, set up.

He said: “I want to be able to show young people that although they may have a disability they can do sport and achieve.”

Proud mum Christine said watching her son fighting from the sidelines isn’t always easy.

“As a mum it is very hard to watch, especially the older he gets and the bigger the opponents are, but I am very proud, it was very emotional,” she said.