Monday, July 14: Karate skills help to keep Alice, 13, safe

PUBLISHED: 13:00 14 July 2008 | UPDATED: 09:17 10 June 2010

THIRTEEN-year-old Alice Johnson, from Clyst St Mary has won the Young People's Achievement Award Staying Safe category for her hard work in learning karate and being able to protect herself and others around her. Alice, of Pytte Gardens, Clyst St George,

THIRTEEN-year-old Alice Johnson, from Clyst St Mary has won the Young People's Achievement Award Staying Safe category for her hard work in learning karate and being able to protect herself and others around her.Alice, of Pytte Gardens, Clyst St George, began taking lessons in karate six years ago and is now a black belt.She said: "I know the skills so if someone did come up and attack - I can protect myself and others."I didn't think I would win it, I feel so happy and just want to go further now."The award, hosted by Devon County Council and sponsored by Devon's Children's Trust, was presented to her at a ceremony held at County Hall, in Topsham Road.Councillor John Smith, Devon County Council's Executive Member for Children and Young People's Services, said: "My sincere congratulations to the category winners, whose outstanding work to improve their own lives and the lives of others is a shining example to us all."Alice joined eight other young people from across Devon who were commended for their efforts and were presented with a trophy and £100 towards a project or activity of their choice by mountaineer Jake Meyer.Director of Children and Young People's Services Anne Whiteley, said: "Some of the journeys that these young people have taken haven't always been easy but, with the courage and determination they have shown, they have proven that anything is possible. "All the finalists should feel really proud of themselves.

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