Carluke girl Michelle Boyle is clearly a quick learner!
For, less than a year after taking up competitive judo, the 15-year-old won the British under-16 championship in Sheffield on October 14, just two weeks after clinching the Scottish under-16 title in Motherwell.
Michelle, of Middlehope Farm, who is profoundly deaf, said: “It is amazing that I’ve managed to do this within a year.
“I owe a lot to Stevie Blair, my coach at Dynamic Judo Club in Newmains.
“Without him, there’s no way I would have got this far.
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