Teenage stars set for South Africa

Marley Byrne and Jack Moodie
Marley Byrne and Jack Moodie

Teenage stars Marley Byrne and Jack Moodie will represent Great Britain in the International Ju-Jitsu Championships in South Africa in October.

Marley, 14, a Blessed Trinity student, has been competing in martial arts since being introduced to the sport aged four by family friend James Walton, now a police officer.

He took to the sport and has made big strides ever since, competing all over the UK before now being selected for Great Britain.

At the age of 12, Marley, who lives on Delamere Road, became a Cadet Black Belt and last year Marley and his partner at Masters of Martial Arts Academy in Accrington, Jack, 15, won a silver medal in the British Ju-Jitsu National Championships.

In October, Marley won a gold and a silver medal in a regional ju-jitsu competition and next month will fly the flag for GB in South Africa.

Marley aims to take his Senior Black Belt as soon as he turns 16.

“Marley has been extremely committed and determined,” said Blessed Trinity Head teacher Richard Varey.”

Jack will also be in South Africa representing Great Britain. Much of the boys success has come from dedicated training, along with the help of their coaches Adrian Grice, Andrew Grice and Clifford Jones from Burnley Masters of Martial Arts Black Belt Academy.

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