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SBG South Shields’ youngsters fight their way to Jiu Jitsu gold

A winning team: Alex Williams, left, and Liam Helmerson, right, with SBG South Shields coach Alex Enlund, centre.
A winning team: Alex Williams, left, and Liam Helmerson, right, with SBG South Shields coach Alex Enlund, centre.

Two SBG South Shields based Jiu Jitsu youngsters are celebrating after fighting their way to gold medals at the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Junior World Championships.

13-year-olds Alex Williams and Liam Helmerson both became Junior World Champions in their favoured categories.

Alex clinched gold in the Open Weight for his age at NoGi, before fighting his way to a silver medal in the age group above.

Alex also won his division - Orange Belt, Under 60kg in the Gi, and then took silver in the Under 65kg Division.

Liam made it a golden double for the SBG South Shields based fighters, winning Yellow Belt - NoGi Under 38kg and Gi Under 38kg.

The tournament, held in Wolverhampton, was an elimination style knockout, with kids from all over travelling to compete.

SBG South Shields coach Alex Enlund said: “Both Alex and Liam are extremely dedicated to their training and becoming World Champions at such a young age will only motivate them more.

“Both show that with hard work and dedication, anything is possible.

“Outside of the gym you will find it hard to meet a nicer set of kids, who are very humble and caring often giving up time for our younger kids.

“Liam lives in Hebburn, but Alex travels all the way from Middlesbrough everyday, so that shows real commitment.

“Liam also helps coach with the SBG South Shields’ younger kids’ program.”