A BOY from the Craven area was crowned as a British champion after taking gold in the British Karate Federation Four Nations Championships.

The British Sport Karate Federation, which consists two clubs in the Craven area (Quest Karate in Skipton and NCAA in Silsden), travelled to Leicester to compete in the BFK Four Nations Championships.

The event is an elite competition in the karate calendar with over 1,000 athletes from all four nations competing over two days.

BSKF took athletes of all ages from the Craven area on both days and came home with a haul of medals and a new British champion.

Benjamin Shaw, who attends Sutton CP School, won his individual kumite fight after four gruelling rounds and came home with gold and was crowned the new British champion in boys' age 7-9 category.

Silver individual medals went to Josh Elliot, who attends South Craven School and Troy Darnbrough and Yasin Ahmed, who both attend Craven College.

Bronze individual medals went to Jason Kelly, Hillary Walker and Remigijus Jurgalitis.

The club also competed in the team events and came home with silver in the male cadet 14-15 team (Josh Elliot, Arthur Welsh and Lewis Hunt) and bronze medals in the male 10-11 team kumite (Harvey Osborne, Thomas Bailey and Zakariyah Shan) and in the girls' 10-11 team kumite (Stella Osborne, Emily Moran and Mahek Khuram), all of whom all attend schools in the Craven area.

A spokesman for the two clubs said: "For two small clubs in the Craven and Keighley district this is a major achievement."