John is crowned Judo champion

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A PETERHEAD man has won first place in a national Judo championship.

John Kane (25), won his division at the British Open Special Needs Championship in Inverclyde on August 27.

The father of one has been training in Judo since he was a boy but went back to the sport about three years ago after a six-year absence.

He said he was “chuffed” to win the gold in his eight division at a national championship.

John, who moved to Peterhead from Edinburgh with his mum and sister eight years ago, trains with Aberdeen Judo Club twice a week.

Mum,, Denne Thompson, said that she was “so proud” of John after all the hard work he had put in.

She said: “His sister Zoe and I went over to Largs to see John fight. I’ve never seen him fight like that. He was totally in the zone.”

John had to take on four opponents - one other from Scotland, one from England and two from the Netherlands - to take the title.

One fight lasted just 15 seconds before John was named the winner.

John said he would like to thank Denne and Zoe for their support as well as his boss Eddie at the town’s Zanre’s, where he works part-time.