World Champion at Allerton Grange
Luciano Zanuni, Year 11 student at Allerton Grange School, returns with a gold medal after representing England at the World Shotokan Karate Championships in Treviso, Italy.
His opponents were rated amongst the best in the world in the 14-15 age category and came from countries including Russia, Czech Republic and Hungary. Luciano fought five tough rounds and won the final against his friend and teammate, Jade Stapleton-Smith, to clinch the title.
Luciano travelled back from Italy on Monday 25 September, with the England team, and was back in school this morning, Tuesday 26, sporting some hard won battle scars. His family, who travelled to Italy to support him, are due to arrive home later on today. Younger brother Luca, In Year 9 at Allerton Grange, inspired by his older brother’s commitment and achievement, is following in his footsteps by training and competing in the sport.
Luciano said, “I still can’t believe it, I’m in shock. I’ve not even been home yet, I stayed at my friend’s house and came into school this morning. No way did I ever think that I’d win gold, but I got to stand on the podium for my country; I can actually say I am World Shotokan Champion.”
Mr Roper, Headteacher at Allerton Grange, said, “We are immensely proud of Luciano. We’ve supported him on his journey and he’s been able to balance his school work with training, upholding our values through dedication and hard work. On behalf of everyone at the school we want to congratulate him on becoming World Champion; he’s an inspiration to others."
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Luciano Zanuni, World Shokotan Champion, WSKA 2017