A ST Helens martial arts expert has scooped bronze at an international taekwondo championship.
Hani El-Aloos, 40, beat off some of the world’s best fighters to claim third spot at the Scottish Open International.
The dad-of-one, from Dunmail Avenue, Clinkham Wood, said: “I’m really pleased with my performance. There were some really top fighters competing.
“There were fighters from Russia and Ukraine who are professionals and have been training for three months for this event who were taking part, so to get third place is fantastic.”
Mr El-Aloos, a delivery driver, has been a black belt for nearly 20 years, while a love of martial arts runs in the family, as his wife Lisa Barber is a black belt in ju-jitsu and the couple’s 10-year-old daughter, Skylee, is a green in taekwondo.
He now runs taekwondo classes at Chain Lane Community Centre and is currently in training for a contest in Belgium.
“It can be a hard sport,” he said. “I have broken ribs and legs at these contests.
“But there is so much you can get out it. My 10-year-old daughter, Skylee, loves it and she is already a green belt - it obviously runs in the family.”