Black belt youngster has her sponsorship renewed
Sutton Coldfield teenager and second dan black-belt UK karate champion Chloe Barnes is getting set to chop down the opposition with renewed funding.
The Streetly Shukokai Karate Club pupil has taken the martial arts world by storm over the last number of years, reaching new highs and adding coveted sports titles to her impressive list of accolades.
The World Karate Championship title holder has collected an outstanding 70 gold, silver and bronze medals, four trophies and was named 2020 GB Karate Sportsperson of the Year.
Chloe, aged 15, a pupil at Fairfax School in Sutton, started learning karate when she was just six and obtained her second dan black belt in September 2018 at the age of 12, becoming the youngest-ever student to achieve the rank within her Karate Association.
Local car dealership Lookers Vauxhall Birmingham has been helping drive Chloe to sporting success for the past two years and recently announced a renewed partnership with the young star into 2022.
Speaking about the fresh boost from Chloe said: “Karate is my absolute passion and I have worked really hard over the last few years to get where I am. I’m so grateful to Lookers for continuing to back me in my sporting achievements.
Through the partnership with Lookers, my family and I have received funding towards competition entries and travel expenses which has provided me with the opportunity to compete on a global stage and gain international titles. The Lookers team has also provided fantastic support in my training and always makes sure I’m well kitted out for practice and events.
Although international and UK karate competitions have been put on hold throughout the pandemic, this hasn’t stopped Chloe from staying focused on her goal for gold, training via Zoom and enjoying one-on-one private lessons to stay ahead of the competition.
“After a challenging 18 months of training at home, I’m really looking forward to competing in arenas again. I’m currently in training for my first competition since the pandemic, the Kanzen Cup International Open, taking place in Dundee this November and will return to defend my current titles in other future events”, added Chloe.
Lookers Vauxhall Birmingham General Manager Alan Collins said: “We’re very proud to support Chloe in her sporting achievements and over the last three years we have seen her grow to become a karate sensation. At such a young age, Chloe has demonstrated world-class talent, fuelled by her drive and commitment, which has really catapulted her to international success. We’re delighted to renew our partnership with Chloe as part of our wider commitment to nurturing young sporting talent and we look forward to helping drive her future success.”
Founded in 1908, Lookers is one of the UK’s leading automotive businesses and largest multi-franchise dealer groups in the UK and Ireland, representing 33 volume and premium car manufacturers and specialising in new and used electric car sales across a network of over 150 franchised locations.
For more information on Looker’s support for local communities visit lookers.co.uk