Hard work pays off for karate-mad Northamptonshire girl, aged 8

Kimberley Walton
Kimberley Walton

An eight-year-old who took up karate four years ago has been given an award by the Children’s University of Northampton in recognition of her hard work and dedication.

Kimberley Walton, from Burton Latimer, was presented with bronze, silver and gold diplomas as part of the scheme – run by the University of Northampton to encourage young people to take up sport – in a special ceremony.

The diplomas are presented to children after they have logged a certain number of hours in their chosen sport.

Kimberley’s mum, Kerry, said: “Kimberley used to do ballet but she was a real tomboy and so we decided to enrol her in a karate class and she really took to it. She goes to the Punching Pandas classes in Kettering and received the diploma because she had trained for 300 hours.”

Last year, Kimberley took part in two competitions and won a number of prizes.

Her hobbies include Brownies and modelling.