MUSSELBURGH judo starlet Daniel Givan was crowned British champion at the weekend in Sheffield.

Givan, 13, was competing at the British Championships for Pre-Cadet and Cadets (age 12-17 years) at the Institute of Sport.

And the Musselburgh Grammar School pupil, who trains with Destination Judo in the Honest Toun and Danderhall Judo Club, performed admirably against tough opposition to reach the final.

The final itself was less stressful, according to Daniel’s mum Jillian, as the teenage star produced a throw for Ippon, winning him the British title.

Jillian, of Ferguson View, told Courier Sport: “His team-mates, coaches and us as parents are elated that all his hard work and determination has paid off in such an amazing achievement. It was a day none of us will ever forget.”

It has been a good season for the youngster, who won the Welsh Open a few weeks ago and has won 11 medals at various events throughout the season.

Jillian added: “He won the Scottish Grand Prix circuit after winning gold in each of the four competitions.

“He travelled to Luxembourg for his first international competition and also took away a gold medal.”

The teenager balances his studies with training five days a week, also attending a development session run by Judo Scotland at Ratho every Wednesday.

Jillian praised his coaches, Davie Reilly and Marc Preston, as “absolutely amazing”.

She said her son has aspirations of following Pencaitland star Euan Burton to the top of the sport.

She said: “He is very focused on becoming a full-time judoka in the future and his aims are to fight at the highest level possible and perhaps fight in a Commonwealth [Games] and Olympic team one day.”