Vauxhall supports karate prodigy

Lookers Vauxhall Birmingham is helping a local schoolgirl follow her dreams and compete in karate championships across the world.

Chloe Barnes, 12, from Sutton Coldfield, started practising karate when she was 6 and obtained her first black belt in December 2015 at the age of just ten, becoming the youngest ever student to achieve the rank within the Southern Shotokan Karate Association.

She has continued to compete in competitions across the globe and has won almost 30 medals, most recently securing three gold medals at the Liverpool Open Karate Tournament in January this year.

Chloe loves to compete and attends karate training, however, due to unforeseen circumstances, it has become difficult for Chloe’s family to fund her progress in the martial art.

As part of its support of young sporting talent, Lookers has now stepped in to help Chloe continue her competitive development after noticing the crowdfunding page set up by her father.

Chloe will now be able to compete in the World Union of Karate-Do Federations (WUKF) World Karate Championships in Dundee in June and even the WUKF European Karate Championships in Malta this October.

Chloe said, ‘I can’t thank Lookers enough for the support they have given me. Karate is a massive part of my life and it is my ambition to compete at the very highest level. I now can’t wait to get to Dundee and Malta to prove how much I have learned over the last few years. It’s a dream come true.’