Sixteen-year-old Daniel White struck gold twice when he took part in the second ETAN (European Tomiki Aikido Network) competition held in Prague.

Daniel one of the youngest competitors was up against adults from Russia, Georgia, Belgium, France, Switzer-land and fellow team mates from the United Kingdom.

Daniel and his partner Charlotte from Leeds were successful in winning through three rounds before competing in the finals against the Russian team to take first place and win a gold medal.

Daniel later went on to compete in a seven-man team event and secured a second gold medal.

The teenager from Flasby has recently left Upper Wharfedale School where he achieved 4 A*s in Btec sports.

Daniel’s next goal is to be selected for the British squad to compete in the world championships in August next year.

Daniel says: “I am really lucky to be able to train with the British squad, many of whom are the best in the world. I was pleased with my performance in Prague although my ultimate goal would be to be selected for the British squad to compete in Japan.”

Daniel also trains at his father Stephen’s new club held at Skipton Martial Arts and Fitness, supported by the British Aikido Association.

To compliment his training Daniel has recently started a fitness programme under the guidance of Chris Hextall, manager of Canal-side Fitness based in Gar-grave oSkipton Aikido meets every Wednesday evening and is open to individuals of all age groups and abilities. Anyone who is interested or would like further information should contact Stephen on 01756 748292