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A youngster who has become a role model by inspiring other children was recognised as the Child of Achievement.

Nathan Blyth, 12, from Blyth, has studied karate at Style Martial Arts for five years.

Pride of Northumberland awards night at Linden Hall, Morpeth-Child of Achievement award.'REF 1209137848

Pride of Northumberland awards night at Linden Hall, Morpeth-Child of Achievement award.'REF 1209137848

When he started karate, he had little confidence but this soon grew and he became a positive role model for the less able children at the club.

Nathan has shown that he has the talent of being able to inspire and coach other children though their grades and gain their coloured belts, boosting their self esteem.

A year after Nathan passed his black belt exam he was awarded the honour of being addressed as Sensei, which is Japanese for ‘he that shows the way’.

Nathan said: “It is really cool to win.

“Just getting here has been an achievement for me and winning it was just beyond what I ever imagined.”

Also shortlisted were Sam Orton, 11, whose quick-thinking when his granddad had a stroke led to him being treated quickly, aiding his full recovery; Niamh Douglas, 11, from Morpeth, who decided she wanted to help young people suffering with cancer so arranged a charity golf day at Warkworth with the aim of raising £1,000, and Charlotte Stephenson, 18, from Cramlington, who is an advocate for the work of Guide Dogs and a key member of the fund-raising group.