Young judo star Jacob inspired by the Olympics

Jacob Walton
Jacob Walton

Young judo star Jacob Walton has been inspired by the Olympics to stick at his sport.

The Year Seven Blessed Trinity Roman Catholic College student is a member of Burnley Judo Club who train at Energize on Barden Lane.

Jacob, 11, has been competing since he was nine-years-old and is making his way through the belts - he is now on red, having collected a white, yellow and orange belt along the way.

“My friend introduced me to judo as there was a space on one of their sessions and I have loved it every since,” said Jacob.

“I train twice a week and compete and, ever since I watched judo at the 2012 London Olympics, I know there is no other sport for me.

“I train hard and it involves loads of tricky moves including throwing your opponent over your shoulder.

“I won’t quit. I was inspired by the Olympics and I thought ‘I want to do that’ and I am determined.”