A WORCESTER teenager bagged a European WadoKai Cup karate bronze medal.

Samuel Bowerman, who is a year nine pupil at Nunnery Wood High School, finished in third place for England in Hungary.

He has been doing karate with WadoKai Worcester since the age of 10, getting selected for the England squad for two years in a row with four medals in total.

Bowerman has picked up bronzes for his individual kata and a silver and bronze for his team kata in that time.

His mother Lorna Bowerman said: “We are so proud of Sam.

"He trains so hard at a minimum of six hours per week and with England squad training each month it adds another four hours on top.

"This is not including the competitions he enters and other various training courses throughout each month.

"He is passionate about karate and wants to achieve as much out of the sport as he possibly can.

"I am so proud of his achievements, he is going from strength to strength.

"He is motivated, disciplined and totally dedicated to the sport and it’s all thanks to Katrina Wilson and David Wilson of WadoKai Worcester.

"Who knows what he will manage to achieve in the future?”

The teenager said: "I initially became interested in karate through a friend and then I decided to take it up.

"I feel very proud and happy to come home with a bronze and am determined to gain a medal again when I attend next year.”

The club have classes at Nunnery Wood Sports Complex and Perdiswell Leisure Centre.

For more details, visit wadokaiworcester.co.uk.