A Carlisle-based fighter has won two gold medals at the national karate championships 2024. 

Aiden Docherty won three medals in total at the English Karate Federation's National Championships 2024, which were held at the Ponds Forge International Sports Centre in Sheffield on Saturday, April 13, and Sunday, April 14. 

As part of this medal haul, Aiden secured gold medals in the Under-21s category and men's team event as well as a bronze medal in the senior men's 84kg classification, with an impressive nine wins in ten bouts. 

This successful run at the national champions comes around a month before Aiden will represent England at the European Karate Senior Championships 2024 which are set to take place in Zadar, Croatia between Wednesday, May 8 and Sunday, May 12. 

Speaking previously. Aiden's father David had expressed his pride in his son's selection to represent his country and his continuing success.

He said: "I am incredibly proud of Aidan, both as a sportsperson and outstanding character, he is the man I aspired to be.

"He is dedicated and has a great work ethic as well as being respectful, thoughtful, and a great role model.

"His selection for England comes off the back of hard training and a great tactical mind, earned by results from a rolling 12-month competition calendar.

"Along the journey Aidan has had many setbacks, with injuries and health issues, often competing when most would pull out, finding a way to win regardless of the difficulty faced.

"This strength of character is what I am most proud of."