A TRIO of marital arts starlets were celebrating a hat-trick of British titles, for the second consecutive year.
Jiu Jitsu aces Duncan, Oliver and Rory Anderson (pictured), from Innerwick, won gold medals at the British Junior National Championships in Walsall, each retaining titles they won last year.
They performed superbly as the boys each became two-time junior British champions, much to the delight of parents Moya and Ryan.
Moya told Courier Sport: “Ryan and I are just amazed that the boys have consolidated their places at the top of the game for their age weights and belt.
“They are looking forward to the challenges this next year of competition will bring as they all move up age groups this year, and are ready to to step up to the plate and do their best.”
Duncan was the first of the trio to take to the mat, and he sailed through his semi-final with an armbar submission, clinching his place in the gold medal bout.
The seven-year-old used the same move to seal victory in the final, and win the gold.
Nine-year-old Oliver was next in action, and his semi-final opponent was disqualified, which saw him advance to the gold medal bout.
He was in command throughout and stormed into an 8-0 lead as he followed in his brother’s footsteps to clinch a second gold medal for the county family.
And the gold medal hat-trick haul was completed by 11-year-old Rory, whose route to the final was more complex than his younger siblings.
His first-round opponent landed badly after a throw and was forced to retire hurt, allowing Anderson to advance, and he made short work of his next two fights, which he finished with armbar submissions, to complete the family treble.
Moya said she was “delighted” with their successes, less than two years after the brothers took up the sport.