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Black Belt Emmanuel Narty ... A Weston College student is going for Gold at the London Olympics after being picked to represent Ghana in Judo.
Black Belt Emmanuel Narty, 29, of Old Down, Bath is the number one Black Belt in Africa and ranked 23rd in the world.
The British Army First Royal Tank Regiment Trooper who is studying a Business Management Foundation Degree at Weston College said: “It’s a dream come true.
“I started Judo when I was nine and was a Black Belt at 17. At 19 I came to England to further my studies and joined the army a year later.
“The Army is allowing me to take this time off to compete at the Olympics and Weston College lecturers have been very supportive ensuring my work was accessible wherever I was competing.
“Now I’m training and studying hard and I am gearing up for the time of my life.”
During the 2012 Game Judo will be held at the ExCel Centre from Saturday, July 28th to Friday, August 3rd....The world’s best fighters will compete trying to get the opponents on the floor in fast five minute bouts.
At the London Olympics there are 386 male and female fighters battling it out in 14 medal events.
College Tourism Management Course Manager, Andy Alton said: “We are extremely proud of Emmanuel. For a student to work, study a degree and train for the Olympics, shows remarkable commitment and drive.
“Staff and students on the Foundation Degree in Business with Management wish him well and hope he achieves his ambitions at the Olympics.”
For more information on courses at Weston College please call 01934 411 411 or go to www.weston.ac.uk