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Budding Karate Champs Benefit from Inspire Awards

Posted: Sat, 18 Nov 2017

Budding Karate Champs Benefit from Inspire Awards

And their journey has been aided by Inspire Awards totalling £600 provided by local charity the Joe Humphries Memorial Trust (JHMT).

Seventeen-year-old Dylan Traves, from Measham, and his 15-year-old brother Aron, have both been selected by the English Karate Federation to represent England in the competition. Both are members of Measham Karate Club, where their dad, Rob, is a coach.

Aron will be competing in the Male Cadets 14-15 years individual kata event. Dylan will be competing in the team kata event, along with Aron.

Aron said: "Every bit of support is so important to me and my brother. We have to find funds for travel and accommodation for all the training and competitions we take part in across the country and Europe.

"Our JHMT Inspire Award grants will really help us as we put the finishing touches to our final preparations in readiness to represent England at the world championships."

Coach Rob Traves said: "Aron, Dylan and fellow club member Anthony Sempebwa have been training hard over the years to get to this point and their dedication, determination and perseverance is a fantastic example to all the students at the club."

Inspire Awards are small grants handed out to local young people aged 13-21 to help them fulfill their ambitions in the field of sports, art, entrepreneurism or community projects.

The were set up in memory of Joe Humphries, who sadly never got to fulfill his ambitions. Joe died in October 2012, while out jogging near his Rothley home.

He was the victim of SADS – sudden arrhythmic death syndrome – a sudden heart condition which can affect anyone, even otherwise seemingly fit and healthy young people.

The JHMT was set up to fight SADS and other sudden heart conditions, which take the lives of 12 young people in the UK every week.

As well as running the Inspire Awards, the charity campaigns for a better understanding of SADS and helps train local sports clubs and community groups in CPR and defibrillator training. It also helps to provide funding for community-access defibrillators and aims to keep sudden heart deaths on the agenda with medical and sports professionals.

Simon Taylor, the JHMT's Inspire Awards lead, said: "It's fantastic to be able to play a part in Dylan and Aron's journey to the junior world karate championships by providing them with Inspire Awards. We wish them every success – I'm sure their commitment and dedication to their sport will pay off."

Measham Karate Club is affiliated to the England Karate Federation and has around 650 members, aged between six and 50. They train three evenings a week – to find out more, visit www.meashamkarateclub.co.uk

To find out more about the Joe Humphries Memorial Trust and the Inspire Awards, visit www.jhmt.org.uk

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